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January 7, 2014

Dec. well permits, violations listed

By Monica Pryts/Staff Writer
Allied News

BUTLER, MERCER COUNTY AREAS — Area gas and oil drilling activities filed over the past month show various permits and violations.

The following information includes Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties and the data came from the state Department of Environmental Protection website records and SkyTruth.

SkyTruth is a nonprofit group that uses remote sensing and digital maps to create images that "expose the landscape disruption and habitat degradation caused by mining, oil and gas drilling, deforestation, fishing and other human activities," according to its website.

SkyTruth, which gathers information from DEP records, issues alerts about drilling activities and violations via e-mail notifications.

DEP issued six violations:

■ One to Re Gas Dev LLC on Dec. 9 for an environmental, health and safety violation for failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste at a drill site in Jackson Township, Butler County.

■ One to Shell Oil on Nov. 26 for an environmental, health and safety violation for failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste at a drill site in Fairview Township.

■ One to Vista Operating Inc. on Dec. 6 for failure to maintain 2 feet of freeboard in an impoundment at a drill site in Richland Township, Venango County.

■ One to Catalyst Energy Inc. on Dec. 6 for an administrative violation for failure to report release of substance threatening or causing pollution at a drill site in Rockland Township, Venango County.

■ One to Catalyst Energy Inc. on Dec. 17 for pit and tanks not constructed with sufficient capacity to contain pollutional substances at a drill site in Rockland Township, Venango County.

■ One to Sylvan Energy LLC on Dec. 6 for an environmental, health and safety violation for causing abandonment of a well by removal of casing or equipment necessary for production without plugging at a well site in Scrubgrass Township, Venango County.

These drilling permits were issued by DEP during the month of December:

■ In Butler County: Two permits for gas wells in Summit Township to XTO Energy Inc. on the Geibel property; one permit for a gas well in Allegheny Township to EM Energy PA on the Cratty property; four permits for a gas well in Clearfield Township to XTO on the Cypher property; one permit for a gas well in Clearfield Township to PennEnergy Resources LLC on the W15 3H property; and four permits for an oil well in Cranberry Township to Vista on the Masters property.

■ In Lawrence County: Three permits for a gas well in Pulaski Township to Hilcorp Energy Co. on the Ratvasky property.

■ In Mercer County: One permit for a gas and oil well in Jefferson Township to Hilcorp on the McGhee property.

■ In Venango County: One permit for a gas well in Victory Township to Seneca Resources Corp. on the Ronald D. Craig property; seven permits for an oil and gas well in Rockland Township to Roilwell Inc. on the Jones property; four permits for an oil well in Rockland Township to Catalyst Energy on the Fry Lease property; four permits for an oil well in Rockland Township to Vista on the WL Harris property; two permits for an oil well in Cornplanter Township to WB PROD MGMT CO on the McFate property; and two permits for an oil well in Mineral Township to Sylvan Energy on the McDowell property.

Published Dec. 31, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.