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Pennsylvania Frack Figures “Wildly Inflated”

Filed under: Environmental

Roll out the gallon. Or barrel. Or whatever.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released data that put a cleaner spin on the hydro-frack scene in the state.

Except the information was totally hydro-whack.

Seneca Resources Corp., a subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Co., admitted that “a worker gave some data to the state in the wrong unit of measure, meaning that about 125,000 barrels of recycled wastewater was misreported as more than 5.2 million barrels.” There are 42 gallons in one barrel.

The Federal EPA announced Monday that they would be scrutinizing Pennsylvania more closely due to recent media reports pertaining to frack-related pollution in the state.

“Obviously we’re under the microscope whatever we do now,” said Kathryn Z. Klaber, the president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry trade group.

The question remains, did Klaber mean to say microscope, or telescope?

Click here to read the story, broken by the Philadelphia Inquirer.