AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

July 6, 2013

Latest drilling records include violations

The latest reports of local gas and oil drilling activities include permits and violations issued in Butler and Lawrence counties, but none in Mercer and Venango.

The data listed below focuses on the Allied News coverage area and a few nearby municipalities, and the information came from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website, which the public can search.

Allied News contacted DEP spokesperson Gary Clark for further details about several violations.

Between May 30 and July 1, the DEP issued:

■ In Butler County: 28 permits to drill and operate gas wells, with one in Allied News' immediate coverage area at an existing drill site - the Williams property in Slippery Rock Township run by Shell Oil.

■ In Lawrence County: One permit to drill and operate a gas well at an existing drill site - the Whiting property in Pulaski Township run by Hilcorp Energy.

During that same time period, DEP issued these violations:

■ In Butler County: Three violations, with one in Allied News' immediate coverage area - the West property in Slippery Rock Township, where a June 3 inspection revealed Shell failed to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste in response to an accident or event.

Clark said Shell had been installing monitoring equipment down one of the wells when fluids discharged to the ground. He said the crew reacted quickly regarding cleanup and sampling and they are working with the Environmental Control Board to move toward relief from liability.

Shell was cited for the disposal of the waste to the ground without a permit as a result of the spill and no water sources were impacted; a potential penalty will be discussed internally, Clark said.

He didn't disclose what was in the fluid/residual waste.

DEP is still monitoring a situation on the Warner property in Lancaster Township, where a June 3 inspection revealed well operator Re Gas Dev discharged industrial waste to Commonwealth waters without a permit. The discharge happened in a containment pit on the drill site when a hose being used to transport fluids into the pit tore the pit liner, Clark said.

Re Gas Dev conducted an immediate and extensive cleanup, collected samples and installed monitoring wells. The company is contesting the violation and DEP is waiting on further documentation from Re Gas Dev, and fines are being considered, he said.

An administrative violation in Forward Township shows XTO Energy Inc. failed to plug a well upon abandonment.

■ In Lawrence County: Two administrative violations - one in North Beaver Township for Hilcorp's failure to provide 24 hours' notices prior to cementing casing; and one in Perry Township for Shell's failure to provide 24 hours' notice prior to commencement of drilling.

Published July 3, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • live united fire merkel.jpg Local live United

    The Grove City Area United Way is kicking off a summer campaign that features locals who are examples of how to "Live United."

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • gina burger-file.jpg Police: 'Cool customer' arrested in girl's murder

    An Ohio man charged in the murder of Gina Marie Burger, 16 - whose body was found at Tri-County Industries waste transfer station in Pine Township June 25 - stuffed her body in a playpen bag and carried it past her mother before disposing of the remains in the trash, police said.

    July 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Public questions Rock band director's position

    Slippery Rock school board members on Monday heard from several people who were concerned about the marching band director's position, which has been opened up for anyone to apply.

    July 11, 2014

  • Budget includes tax hike for new teachers

    Property taxes in the Slippery Rock Area School District are going up by 3.62 mills for the 2014-15 school year to cover the cost of hiring four new teachers.

    July 11, 2014

  • Twp. running out of capacity

    Springfield Township is running out of wastewater capacity.

    July 11, 2014

  • cat with owner.jpg Mobile cat clinic curbs overpopulation

    For the sixth year in a row, Grove City Area Pet Rescue has teamed up with Animal Friends of Pittsburgh to offer a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats through a mobile unit set up in Plain Grove Township.

    July 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • rock fairy read bloom fair.jpg The Rock blooms under judges' eyes

    America in Bloom judges Katy Moss Warner and Barbara Vincentsen liked what they saw in the Slippery Rock area, where they spent three days evaluating a year's worth of work done by Slippery Rock in Bloom members and volunteers.

    July 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Boomtown hears young voices

    Students from the Mercer Area School District were among the 20 participants at the June 17 Mercer Boomtown meeting held at the Mercer County Career Center.

    July 3, 2014

  • Rock trash talk touches on billing, BigBelly

    Slippery Rock council members are still working through a number of garbage-related issues, including a detailed revision of the solid waste ordinance and a proposal to bring solar-powered trash compactors to the borough.

    July 3, 2014

  • ali shawn miller prelim.jpg GC area child assault case heads to county court

    The Grove City-area man accused of grabbing a young boy in the bathroom of the Pine Township Walmart will have his case heard in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide