More Testing Planned for Fayette County Injection Well
State regulators plan to conduct more water tests near the Lochgelly injection well in Fayette County that pumps oil and gas drilling waste underground. The Department of Environmental Protection wants to determine whether the well is discharging waste into Wolf Creek. The Register-Herald reports that water samples taken by the Plateau Action Network and a citizen show elevated levels of chloride and other substances consistent with drilling waste. Environmental organizations and some residents say the well poses a threat to health, water resources and property values. The owner says he has operated the well legally.