Residents, environmentalists and officials speak out against injection well

Company wants to add a second injection well at the Sedat site in Plum Borough, Allegheny County, PA

The August 30, 2022 story by Michael Divittorio in the TRIB, Plum residents, environmentalists and other officials speak out against injection well conversion proposal, details a company’s request to dispose of drilling and fracking wastewater in a conventional, shallow natural gas well – Sedat 4A – that was drilled in 2004, along with the public input provided at the meeting in front of officials from US EPA Region III.

Below are two documents related to objections about permitting the first injection well, Sedat 3A:

“The people that are here tonight are pretty much in agreement that they are not in favor of this well, and the borough, itself, is not in favor of the expansion of this same well site. We didn’t expect it to be this way. We are going to do what we can to fight the permit and everything else that happens from this point on.”

Plum Councilman Dave Vento at August 30, 2022 hearing | TRIB story: Plum residents, environmentalists and other officials speak out against injection well conversion proposal

“The first well became problematic after less than four months of operation, with a failed mechanical integrity test that required the insertion of an additional pipe to the injection zone just 1,875 feet beneath people’s houses. This incident has already impacted multiple water supplies and the families that rely on this groundwater for their daily lives.”

Plum resident Matt Kelso at August 30, 2022 hearing

“We do not need any more health impacts, both mental and physical, from a second site. I think it’s great that people turned out, but I feel like this is a battle that we cannot win. Every meeting that I’ve been to has turned into a formality. I hope the EPA has heard everything that we’ve said. They’re welcome to come have a glass from either my well or my parents’ spring.”

Plum resident Katie Sheehan who lives about 500 feet downhill from the first injection well, Sedat 3A at August 30, 2022 hearing
Click here for an index of US EPA documents on this injection well and details on leaving comments before September 7, 2022 on “Draft Permit Penneco Environmental Solutions PAS2D702BALL”

HOW TO COMMENT:
Comments Due September 7, 2022

EPA requests public comment on the draft permit. Please email public comments on the draft UIC permit to the attention of:
Ryan Hancharick
Source Water & UIC Section
U.S. EPA Region 3
Email: R3_UIC_Mailbox@epa.gov

Phone: 215-814-3278

Documents on the EPA website:

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PENNSYLVANIA FRAC-RELATED EARTHQUAKES
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Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity. In April 2016, Texas-based Hilcorp Energy Company was fracking a pair of wells in the Utica Shale near New Castle, Pennsylvania when seismic monitors nearby detected five tremors, measuring between 1.8 and 2.3 on the Richter scale. Quakes that small are too faint to be felt on the surface. But they were significant, if only because fracking-induced earthquakes had never been recorded in the state.

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August 10, 2022 – Flights above Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia to map geology
USGS low-level airplane surveys to begin mid-August 2022
“Instruments on the airplane will measure variations in the Earth’s magnetic field and natural low-level radiation created by different rock types up to several miles beneath the surface. This information will help researchers develop geologic maps in three dimensions, which can provide scientists with the framework needed to better evaluate natural resources, groundwater, or earthquake hazards.”
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West Virginia counties: Barbour, Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur

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