Eleven violations and 32 permits for gas and oil drilling activities were recently issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in and around the Allied News coverage area.
These violations were issued:
• Two in Venango County: One environmental, health and safety violation to Enervest Opr LLC on Nov. 2 for failure to plug the well upon abandoning it at a drill site in Cornplanter Township; and administrative violation to Energy Resources of Amer Inc. on Dec. 28 for failure to install, in a permanent manner, the permit number on a completed well at a drill site in Frenchcreek Township.
• Eight environmental, health and safety violations in Washington County, all to Range Resources Appalachia LLC: Seven violations on Nov. 20 for operator failure to collect the brine and other fluids produced during operation, service and plugging of the well in a tank, pit or a series of pits or tanks, or other approved device at drill sites in Somerset Township; and one violation on Dec. 13 for operator failure to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids at a drill site in Smith Township.
• One administrative violation in Westmoreland County to Atlas Resources LLC on Nov. 13 for operator failure to document inspections on tanks storing brine or other fluids produced during operation of the well at a drill site in South Huntingdon Township.
• Thirty-two gas permits were issued in Butler County: One to Re Gas Dev LLC on the Frye property in Oakland Township; two to XTO Energy Inc. on the Prager property in Summit Township; two to XTO on the Christensen property in Jefferson Township; eight to PennEnergy Resources LLC on the Per W15 property in Clearfield Township; two to PennEnergy on the W14 property in Clearfield Township; two to XTO on the Lesney property in Connoquenessing Township; two to XTO on the Briston property in Butler Township; 12 to Re Gas on the Hofer property in Penn Township; and one to PennEnergy on the W74 property in Clinton Township.
Drilling has started in these areas of Butler County: PennEnergy on the Per W32 property in Winfield Township; XTO on the AK Steel property in Butler Township; XTO on the Christensen property in Jefferson Township; XTO on the Briston property in Butler Township; and Re Gas on the Hofer property in Penn Township.
To report an incident, contact the DEP office, 230 Chestnut St., Meadville, PA 16335, or call 814-332-6945 (or 800-373-3398 after hours).
The Lawrence and Mercer Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring group no longer hosts monthly meetings for the public, but they will announce two to three special public meetings this year. For more information, visit lawmerallarm.org or email email@example.com
ALLARM was founded at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1986 to look at acid rain impacts and moved on to collecting data related to Marcellus Shale activities across Pennsylvania.