Fracking’s Most Wanted: Spills & Violations

Fracking’s Most Wanted: Spills & Violations.

Shale Gas Impacts on Northeastern PA

~GEA867.kmz – Google Maps.

Map of Well pads, pipelines, chemical spills, compressor stations….et.al. in Northeastern PA

You can zoom in and click on the symbols
and get an idea what the various symbols are for.

Here is a legend:
  • https://i0.wp.com/maps.google.com/mapfiles/kml/pushpin/ylw-pushpin.png
    Yellow pushpins = permitted pads;
  • https://i1.wp.com/maps.google.com/mapfiles/kml/shapes/gas_stations.png
    Yellow gas stations = fracked or producing wells;
  • https://i2.wp.com/maps.google.com/mapfiles/kml/pushpin/red-pushpin.png
    Red pushpins  = compressor stations
  • https://i2.wp.com/www.totalsonic.net/meganmedia/image/BrownPushpinPNG.png
    Brown pushpins  = pipeline impact areas
    (only areas requiring permits – road or stream xing, wetlands, etc.)
  • https://i1.wp.com/us.cdn4.123rf.com/168nwm/jojobob/jojobob0910/jojobob091000011/5727362-a-four-coloured-brown-bulls-eye-target.jpg
    Brown circles = permitted hydrostatic testing discharge points;
  • https://i0.wp.com/maps.google.com/mapfiles/ms/micons/blue-dot.png
    Blue drops = alternate waste management pits for fracked water
  • https://i0.wp.com/www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb/20080301/Black-Push-Pin-638286.jpg
    Black pushpins = administrative violations, spill, contamination
  • https://i1.wp.com/maps.google.com/mapfiles/kml/shapes/water.png
    Wavy water = water withdrawal point

I will try to add this legend to the map itself.

BH

On Verge of Historic Marcellus Shale Vote, PennEnvironment Study Finds 3,355 Marcellus Violations between 2008 and 2011 | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

On Verge of Historic Marcellus Shale Vote, PennEnvironment Study Finds 3,355 Marcellus Violations between 2008 and 2011 | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center.

Gas drilling’s passive regulator – YouTube

Gas drilling’s passive regulator – YouTube.

Risky Business: An Analysis of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Violations in Pennsylvania 2008-2011 | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

Risky Business: An Analysis of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Violations in Pennsylvania 2008-2011 | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center.  Fulltext of Report.

DEC: Driller pollutes stream – Times Union

DEC: Driller pollutes stream – Times Union.

DEP Fines Chesapeake More than $1 Million

*COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection*
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

05/17/2011

CONTACT:

Katy Gresh, Department of Environmental Protection

717-787-1323

*DEP Fines Chesapeake Energy More Than $1 Million*

Penalties Address Violations in Bradford, Washington Counties

HARRISBURG — The Department of Environmental Protection today fined Chesapeake Energy $1,088,000 for violations related to natural gas drilling activities.

Under a Consent Order and Agreement, or COA, Chesapeake will pay DEP $900,000 for contaminating private water supplies in Bradford County, of which $200,000 must be dedicated to DEP’s well-plugging fund. Under a second COA, Chesapeake will pay $188,000 for a Feb. 23 tank fire at its drilling site in Avella, Washington County.

“It is important to me and to this administration that natural gas drillers are stewards of the environment, take very seriously their responsibilities to comply with our regulations, and that their actions do not risk public health and safety or the environment,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “The water well contamination fine is the largest single penalty DEP has ever assessed against an oil and gas operator, and the Avella tank fire penalty is the highest we could assess under the Oil and Gas Act. Our message to drillers and to the public is clear.”

At various times throughout 2010, DEP investigated private water well complaints from residents of Bradford County’s Tuscarora, Terry, Monroe, Towanda and Wilmot townships near Chesapeake’s shale drilling operations. DEP determined that because of improper well casing and cementing in shallow zones, natural gas from non-shale shallow gas formations had experienced localized migration into groundwater and contaminated 16 families’ drinking water supplies.

As part of the Bradford County COA, Chesapeake agrees to take multiple measures to prevent future shallow formation gas migration, including creating a plan to be approved by DEP that outlines corrective actions for the wells in question; remediating the contaminated water supplies; installing necessary equipment; and reporting water supply complaints to DEP. The well plugging fund supports DEP’s Oil and Gas program operations and can be used to mitigate historic and recent gas migration problems in cases where the source of the gas cannot be identified.

The Avella action was taken because on Feb. 23, while testing and collecting fluid from wells on a drill site in Avella, Washington County, three condensate separator tanks caught fire, injuring three subcontractors working on-site. DEP conducted an investigation and determined the cause was improper handling and management of condensate, a wet gas only found in certain geologic areas. Under the COA, Chesapeake must submit for approval to the department a Condensate Management Plan for each well site that may produce condensate.

“Natural gas drilling presents a valuable opportunity for Pennsylvania and the nation,” Krancer said. “But, with this opportunity comes responsibilities that we in Pennsylvania expect and insist are met; we have an obligation to enforce our regulations and protect our environment.”

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us <http://www.depweb.state.pa.us

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Drilling Industry Says Diesel Use Was Legal – ProPublica

Drilling Industry Says Diesel Use Was Legal – ProPublica.