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Drilling Company Blamed for Dunkard Fish Kill

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PENNSYLVANIA, US - A possible source has been found for the discharges that have caused the recent fish kill on Dunkard Creek.

A heretofore undisclosed underground flow of mine pool and methane gas well drilling water into Consol Energy's Blacksville No. 2 Mine may have contributed to the salty, polluted discharges that caused the massive, month-long fish kill on Dunkard Creek, according to Post Gazette.

Consol denied involvement but its investigation, along with those of federal and state environmental agencies into the now six-week-old ecological disaster, is continuing.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said its stream sampling shows discharges high in dissolved solids and chlorides from the Blacksville No. 2 Mine are the 'primary immediate source' of the fish kill that last month wiped out aquatic life on 35 miles of Dunkard Creek along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.

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