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Pennsylvania DEP: Coudersport OK to use wells tainted by driller

| Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, 5:03 p.m.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says a Potter County town can resume using two drinking water wells tainted with soap by natural gas drilling last fall.

The DEP is still investigating the contamination of the wells in Coudersport and the soap that leaked from Franklin Park-based JKLM Energy's drilling pad in late September. Officials said about 55 gallons of soap was used to free a drill bit stuck nearly 600 feet below ground, but some of the soap migrated into the wells.

DEP officials said Monday that tests on the wells used by Coudersport show all contaminants undetectable or well below maximum allowable levels. JKLM Energy said in a statement that it would continue to sample groundwater and share the results and other information with the community.

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