The Gaffes are adding up for Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has a credibility problem. The most recent blunder, numbers that do not accurately measure how much wastewater from the Marcellus Shale was processed, and that also means its highly publicized figures of recycling the end result of fracking is flawed.

DEP’s numbers are off by roughly a multiplier of two during half of 2010, thanks to one of the companies making a colossal mistake in the paper-work it turned over to DEP. The operator in question, Seneca Resources reported its wastewater in barrels not gallons. The difference is astronomical, the original reported number was 5.2 million barrels, it was actually 125,000 barrels of wastewater that was processed.

Nancy J. Taylor, a spokeswoman for Seneca told the Inquirer,’”It was in fact, stated as barrels when it was actually gallons.”‘ Taylor went on to say the employee that made the mistake was ‘”mortified.’”

The error surfaces just days after the Federal Environmental Protection Agency put the DEP on notice that it would start monitoring the DEP closely after the New York Times reported that Marcellus wastewater may well be polluting Pennsylvania’s rivers.

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