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June 27, 2014

Drilling violations, permits for May detailed

BUTLER, MERCER COUNTY AREAS — Ten violations and 26 permits for gas and oil drilling were issued during the month of May, and drilling has begun at a handful of local sites.

Records that provide information about drilling activities in and around the Allied News coverage area include reports from May.

The data has been collected from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website at www.depwebstate.pa.us and SkyTruth.

SkyTruth, a nonprofit, gathers information from DEP records and issues free alerts to subscribers via email that lists drilling activities and violations as well as "daily updates of environmentally significant incidents by geographical area."

DEP issued these violations:

■ One in Lawrence County:

A violation was issued on May 12 to Hilcorp Energy Co. for failure to notify DEP 24 hours prior to cementing casing strings, pressure testing of production casing, stimulation of well or plugging of an unconventional well at a drill site in Mahoning Township.

■ Five in Mercer County:

Four environmental, health and safety violations were issued May 21 to D&L Energy Inc. for failure to plug the well upon abandoning it at a drill site in Hempfield Township.

One environmental, health and safety violation was issued May 14 to Stryker Energy LLC for failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of residual waste at a drill site in West Salem Township.

■ Four in Venango County:

One environmental, health and safety violation was issued May 7 to Halcon Opr Co. Inc. for failure to plug the well upon abandoning it at a drill site in French Creek Township.

One environmental, health and safety violation was issued May 7 to Titusville Oil & Gas Association Inc. for failure to plug the well upon abandoning it at a drill site in Cornplanter Township.

One violation was issued May 7 to Titusville Oil & Gas Association Inc. for failure to install, in a permanent manner, the permit number on a completed well at a drill site in Cornplanter Township.

One environmental, health and safety violation was issued May 6 to Chevron Appalachia LLC for failure to plug the well upon abandoning it at a drill site in Richland Township.

There was an incident May 20 at a well pad in Butler Township, Butler County, where a storage tank caught fire, but a May 21 inspection done by the DEP resulted in no violations, according to the agency's website.

The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. at the Rex Energy Corp.'s Lynn well pad on Meridian Road at the intersection of Powder Mill Road. The fire involved a storage tank at the well head that held about 200 barrels of a natural gas byproduct, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

It burned for about an hour until Butler County firefighters put it out with a chemical agent, officials said. There were no injuries.

"We do not believe that any environmental or health impacts occurred as a result of this event," according to a statement from Rex Energy. "Rex gas ... will take all necessary steps to determine the incident's cause."

Preliminary indications are that a valve on a production tank might have malfunctioned, a company spokesman said.

The company didn't believe there was any damage to the well.

DEP issued these permits:

■ Nineteen in Butler County:

One oil well permit was issued in Concord Township to US Energy Exploration Corp. on the Schrecengost property; two gas well permits were issued in Concord Township to EM Energy PA LLC on the Lynx property; two gas well permits were issued in Lancaster Township to Re Gas Dev LLC on the Dorsch property; two gas well permits were issued in Clinton Township to Penn Energy Resources on the West property; four gas well permits were issued in Muddy Creek Township to Re Gas Dev on the Flinner property; two gas well permits were issued in Slippery Rock Township to Shell Oil on the Williams property; and six gas well permits were issued in Oakland Township to EM Energy on the Draco property.

■ One combined oil and gas well permit was issued in Lawrence County in Pulaski Township to Hilcorp on the Kester property.

■ One gas well permit was issued in Mercer County in Jackson Center to Shell Oil on the Palmer property.

■ Five oil well permits were issued in Venango County in Clintonville to Trimont Energy LLC on the J.E. Master property.

Drilling started in:

■ Butler County:

XTO Energy Inc. in Connoquenessing Township on the Lutherlyn and Guiher properties.

■ Lawrence County:

Hilcorp in Pulaski Township on the Verno and Artman properties.

■ Venango County:

NTS Energy in Cranberry Township on the Erwin property; Trimont Energy LLC in Cranberry Township on the Speerstra property; and Dannic Energy Corp. in Sugarcreek on the Pritchard property.

Info: http://alerts.skytruth.org

Published June 11, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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