Fracking ‘Groundhog Day’ in Washington County PA

Just when we thought we had seen an end to leaky frac wastewater impoundments – the size of football fields – we see new permit requests.

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PA DEP Invites Comments On 2 Proposed Oil & Gas Wastewater Impoundments by Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC In Washington County, PA

By David E. Hess | PA Environment News Blog | August 26, 2022

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices in the August 27 PA Bulletin inviting comments on proposals by Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC for two oil and gas wastewater impoundments in Washington County.  (PA Bulletin, page 5532)

The proposed impoundment in Amwell Township would allow for the storage and reuse of freshwater or oil and gas produced waste (brine) at the Amwell Township 15 Centralized Impoundment located at 2294 S. Main Street Ext in Washington, PA.

The second proposed impoundment in Chartiers Township would allow for the storage and reuse of freshwater or oil and gas produced waste (brine) at the Chartiers Township 16 Impoundment located at 430 Arden Road, Washington, PA.

Comments or questions concerning both applications should be directed to RA-EP-EXTUPLSWRO@pa.gov, DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745, 412-442-4000.

Public comments must be submitted by October 26 and may recommend revisions to, and approval or denial of the application.

Read the entire PA Bulletin notices for more information. (PA Bulletin, page 5532)

[Posted: August 26, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

Eight years ago, Range paid a $4.15 million civil penalty (largest in Pa DEP history) related to these two renamed impoundments, as well as other similar impoundments in Washington County, PA:

OPERATE WASTE PROCESSING OR DISPOSAL AREA OR SITE

Application(s) Received Under the Solid Waste Management Act of July 7, 1980 (P.L. 380, No. 97) (35 P.S. §§ 6018.101—6018.1003); the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (53 P.S. §§ 4000.101—4000.1904); and Regulations to Operate Solid Waste Processing or Disposal Area or Site.

301388. Range Resources—Appalachia, LLC, 3000 Town Center Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317, Amwell Township, Washington County. Application for an oil and gas wastewater storage impoundment for the storage and reuse of freshwater or oil and gas produced water at the Amwell Township 15 Centralized Impoundment located at 2294 S. Main Street Ext, Washington, PA 15301. Application received: July 12, 2022. Accepted: July 12, 2022. Comments or questions concerning the application should be directed to RA-EP-EXTUPLSWRO@pa.gov, Southwest Region, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745, 412-442-4000. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service, (800) 654-5984. Public comments must be submitted within 60 days of this notice and may recommend revisions to, and approval or denial of the application. 301389.

Range Resources—Appalachia, LLC, 3000 Town Center Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317, Chartiers Township, Washington County. Application for an oil and gas wastewater storage impoundment for the storage and reuse of freshwater or oil and gas produced water at the Chartiers Township 16 Impoundment located at 430 Arden Road, Washington, PA 15301. Application received: July 12, 2022. Comments or questions concerning the application should be directed to RA-EP-EXTUPLSWRO@pa.gov, Southwest Region, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745, 412-442-4000. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service, (800) 654-5984. Public comments must be submitted within 60 days of this notice and may recommend revisions to, and approval or denial of the application.

PENNSYLVANIA BULLETIN, VOL. 52, NO. 35, AUGUST 27, 2022 – PAGE 5532
https://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/secure/pabulletin/data/vol52/52-35/52-35.pdf

WTF: WHAT THE FRAC?
According to this Marcellus Air photo, the Amwell Township 15 impoundment was already back in use, a full year before this new permit application. It’s also worth noting that the street address for this impoundment in the new permit request puts it one mile to the northwest.

John Day impoundment and well pad in Amwell Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania

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