- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

MARIANNA, Pa. (AP) - Range Resources will start closing a fracking wastewater impoundment in southwestern Pennsylvania next week, and the drilling firm and nearby residents will take soil samples to determine if any drilling byproducts have contaminated the soil under the pond’s liner.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/1yELCfa ) says the soil samples will be taken by Range employees and residents who have sued the company to disclose what kind of chemicals and other substances are in the drilling wastewater.

Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella insists any fluids that leaked from the Yeager impoundment in Amwell Township, Washington County, have not affected the groundwater of nearby homes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last week approved a plan for Range to close the impoundment. The company must check the liner for rips in addition to the soil testing.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, https://www.observer-reporter.com

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