Sunday, February 4, 2024

The Derrick: Aqua Pennsylvania Continues To Operate The Water System Serving The Village Of Reno After A Conventional Well Wastewater Release Contaminated Its Water Supply Last July In Venango County

On February 3, 2024,
Makaya Keating of The Derrick reported "more than six months have passed since a Petro Erie wastewater spill contaminated Bellows Spring, which serves as the source of water for more than 200 homes and businesses in Reno that are customers of Venango Water Co.

"Montgomery County-based Aqua Pennsylvania was eventually called in, under a receivership order by the state Public Utilities Commission, to take over operations of Venango Water Co. based on water quality issues the Reno community had been facing."

"In a recent email exchange with the newspaper, Aqua spokesperson Brittany Tressler said “Final ownership (Aqua or Venango) will be decided by the PA PUC after they complete their evaluation of the operations and business elements of the Venango Water Co.”

"Meanwhile, Tom Decker, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s regional communications manager, this week told the newspaper in an email that Petro Erie’s appeal of DEP’s order to rectify matters, including site cleanup and addressing violations, is still pending."  Read more here.

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Summary Of Spill Incident

The conventional oil well wastewater release from Petro Erie’s production wastewater tanks was discovered on July 20 and was found to have contaminated the Village of Reno’s water supply in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County leaving the community of over 200 residents and businesses without clean water for more than six weeks.

Although the “do not consume” order to residents in Reno was lifted on September 1, the water supply emergency continues with drinking water trucked into the community every week.  Read more here.

Sadly, on September 9, Sugarcreek Borough Mayor Charlie McDaniel, who had been a leader in his community responding to the Village of Reno water emergency for the last six weeks, was found deceased in his home.  Read more here.

The latest information from DEP’s Northwest Regional Office is available on its Venango Water Company/ Petro Erie Inc. Investigation webpage.

Visit the Aqua Pennsylvania Venango webpage for more information on activities related to the water supply system the company is operating on an emergency basis for the Venango Water Company.


-- The Derrick - Makayla Keating: Aqua Pennsylvania Continues To Operate Venango Water System Serving The Village Of Reno After A Conventional Well Wastewater Release Contaminated Its Water Supply Last July  [PDF of article]

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-- DEP Posted 56 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In February 3 PA Bulletin  [PaEN] 

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[Posted: February 4, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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