The information released today from depositions shows that the DEP in PA has been manipulating water testing results.
State Rep. Jesse White issued a press release based on this letter. The letter explains that the entire test results from water sampling were purposely not released. The PA DEP Bureau of Laboratories was testing and recording results for 24 metals. But they used a code to deliberately exclude reporting many of the metals to the PA DEP Oil & Gas Division and the landowner.
Toxic, heavy metals were found in people’s drinking water but those results were withheld.
So, I’m wondering…
In the first article that came out way back on May 26th it stated:
…alleges that Range and two commercial water testing laboratories, Microbac Laboratories Inc. and Test America, conspired to produce fraudulent test reports that misrepresented the families’ well water as good and contributed to their exposure to hazardous chemicals and a multitude of health problems.
Washington County families sue over fracking, water testing
Plaintiffs claim they fell ill from toxic spills, air pollutants
May 26, 2012 6:19 pm
I wonder if they have evidence that suggests fraud by these commercial labs or perhaps some kind of collusion with the state.
I wonder how long this practice of manipulating water results has been going on.
You might remember that I had a friend whose American Dream was totally smashed by Range Resources. You can read on the National Geographic site how they dashed her family’s dreams. Her personal story is HERE. I wonder what her water samples might reveal if they weren’t hidden away in a non disclosure agreement.
I wonder how many of these fraudulent water tests are hidden behind non disclosure agreements.
I wonder how many other state environmental agencies manipulate water and air testing results.
I will be up all night wondering.
The deposition of TaruUpadhyay, technical director of PA DEP Laboratory can be found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/
UPDATE: For more information see FRACKWATERgate.
UPDATE 2: See comments for link to NY Times article.
UPDATE 3: A flyer that explains step by step the process DEP uses to make toxic water test results disappear for the landowner.