Boring accident affects reservoir

JOHNSONBURG – In an attempt to bore a pipe under Silver Creek, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company leaked a large amount of bentonite into the reservoir at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.Hunt district superintendent Mark Wagley and project manager Gordon Bryksa attended Tuesday night's Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting to report the incident."We were boring under Silver Creek [Tuesday] and we had an incident that affected your reservoir," Wagley said. "In short, we had a communication from our bore hole, which is 45 feet deep to the surface and we were pumping fresh water and bentonite gel to do the drill."Our water and bentonite came to surface and flowed down Silver Creek and into your reservoir. We used 10,000 gallons of fresh water and 96 bags of bentonite."According to Wagley, bentonite is a gel mined in Oklahoma and is commonly used in the drilling process. Wagley said it does not contain any chemicals and would not negatively impact the quality of the water other than its turbidity.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingJohnsonburg Municipal AuthorityTuesday, Dec. 66 p.m.Municipal Office