PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices / Opportunities To Comment

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog Digest

Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups

— Chesapeake Appalachia LLC – Koromlan Property: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated by drilling wastewater in Auburn Twp., Susquehanna County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7455)

— Chesapeake Appalachia LLC – Gregerson Well Pad: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated by drilling wastewater in Auburn Twp., Susquehanna County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7455)

— Range Resources Appalachia, LLC – Ogontz Fishing Club Well Site: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated by drilling wastewater in Cummings Twp., Lycoming County. (PA Bulletin, page 7456)

— Range Resources Appalachia, LLC – Porter Stephen Unconventional Well Site: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated by drilling wastewater in Cogan House Twp., Lycoming County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7456)

— CNX GH35 Well Pad: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with aluminum, barium, boron, iron, lithium, manganese, selenium, vanadium, and zinc in Center Twp., Greene County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7457)

Air Quality Permits

— MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources LLC – Natural Gas Processing Facility: DEP invites comments on notice of intent to issue Air Quality Plan Approval to air pollution sources at the Natural Gas Processing Facility in Smith Twp., Washington County. (PA Bulletin, page 7434)

— CPV Fairview LLCFairview Natural Gas-Fired Energy Center: DEP invites comments on notice of intent to issue Title V Air Quality Permit for power plant in Jackson Twp., Cambria County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7434)

— Brunner Island, LLC – Brunner Island Power Plant: DEP issued Title V Air Quality Operating Permit for the electric generation station in East Manchester Twp., York County.   (PA Bulletin, page 7461)

Pipeline Compressor/Pumping Stations/Heaters

— Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC – Compressor Station 520: DEP issued extension of Air Quality Plan Approval for 180 days in Mifflin Twp., Lycoming County.    (PA Bulletin, page 7460)

— Eastern Gas Transmission & Storage Inc. – Stoney Run Compressor Station: DEP issued a renewal of a state-only Air Quality Permit for the compressor station in Gaskill Twp., Jefferson County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7462)

— Eastern Shore Natural Gas Co. – Daleville Compressor Station: Air Quality permit amended to include provisions related to a recent Plan Approval for the station in Londonderry Twp., Chester County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7463)

Chapter 105 Encroachment Permits

— Chesapeake Appalachia LLC — Well Pad Construction: After-the-fact Chapter 105 permit for impacts to wetlands for a well pad in Terry Twp., Bradford County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7465)

— Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 105 permit for a project that impacts Red Run in McIntyre Twp., Lycoming County.   (PA Bulletin, page 7466)

— Williams Field Services Co., LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 105 permit for a project that impacts Roe Creek in Dimock and Jessup Townships, Susquehanna County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7466)

Oil & Gas Well Drilling Permits [11.25.22]*

— Last Week – Permits: DEP issued 0 conventional and 25 unconventional

— Year To Date – Permits: DEP issued 271 conventional and 694 unconventional

— Year To Date – Wells Drilled: 207 conventional and 525 unconventional

— Year To Date – NOVs Issued: 4,756 conventional and 1,028 unconventional

*DEP’s Weekly Oil & Gas Program Workload Report

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Previous Articles – DEP Oil & Gas Industrial Facility Notices:

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [12.2.22]

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [11.25.22]

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DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities  [11.11.22]  

DEP Permit Notices – Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [11.4.22]

DEP Permit Notices – Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [10.28.22]

DEP/SRBC Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [10.21.22]

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [10.14.22]

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [10.7.22]

DEP/SRBC Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [9.30.22]

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [9.23.22]

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [9.16.22]

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [9.9.22]

DEP Permit Notices — Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities [9.3.22]

DEP Public Notice Dashboards:

— Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard – Nov. 26 To Dec. 2  [PaEN]

— PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment  [PaEN]

— DEP Posted 80 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In Dec. 3 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

— AG Shapiro: Coterra Energy, Formerly Cabot Oil & Gas, Pleads No Contest To 15 Criminal Charges Related To Polluting Water Supplies In Dimock, Susquehanna County  [PaEN]

— DEP Has Ordered A ‘Top To Bottom Review’ Of How It Regulates Underground Natural Gas Storage Areas As A Result Of The Equitrans Gas Leak In Cambria County In Nov.  [PaEN]

— DEP: Schedule For Updating Conventional Oil & Gas Environmental, Waste Regulations Will Be Up To Gov. Shapiro  [PaEN]

— DEP Preparing To Plug The Next 198 Abandoned Conventional Oil & Gas Wells With Federal Funding  [PaEN]

— EQB Overwhelmingly Approves Emergency Regulation Setting VOC/Methane Limits For Conventional Oil & Gas Facilities; Republicans Vote Against  [PaEN]

— Bob Donnan Blog: Tale Of Two Townships In Washington County: Union & Peters Townships  – A Decade Of Fracking Issues

— Natural Resources Defense Council Blog: Rising Cost Of Pennsylvania’s Petrochemical Industry Subsidies – By Mark Szybist

[Posted: December 2, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard – Nov. 26 To Dec. 2

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog Digest

To give the public a better understanding of the compliance record of oil and gas industrial facilities in Pennsylvania, PA Environment Digest developed this feature summarizing the more serious violations DEP reports through its Compliance Reporting Database on a weekly basis — Saturday through Friday.

This feature is in addition to — PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment— which lists the permits DEP is considering and has issued for oil and gas facilities.

Taken together, the public will get a weekly report on how the oil and gas industry is expanding across Pennsylvania and the kinds of environmental violations reported as a result of DEP’s inspections.

Send your feedback on these features to: paenvirodigest@gmail.com .

Weekly Summary

From November 26 through December 2, DEP inspections resulted in reporting 26 violations of environmental regulations– 12 major violations by the conventional oil and gas industry and 1 major violation by the unconventional shale natural gas industry.

So far this year– as of November 25— DEP issued 4,756 formal notices of violation to conventional operators and 1,052 to unconventional shale gas operators.

DEP issued a notice of violation to Mitch Well Energy Inc.  for failing to plug a conventional well before abandoning it in Erie County and to Alpha Wells Inc. for drilling a well without a permit.

Report Violations

To report oil and gas violations or any environmental emergency or complaint, visit DEP’s Environmental Complaint webpage.

Check These Resources

Visit DEP’s Compliance Reporting Database webpage to search their compliance records by date and operator.

Sign up for DEP’s eNOTICE service which sends you information on oil and gas and other permits submitted to DEP for review in your community.

Violation Details

Major Violations Reported – Conventional

1 — Failure To Plug The Well Upon Abandoning It

1 — Drilling, Operating a Well Without a Permit

3 — Failure To Prevent Substances From Reaching Waters of Commonwealth

1 — Failed to Implement Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan

2 — Failed To Properly Dispose Of Fluids, Wastes, Drill Cuttings

1 — Operated A Residual Waste Processing Or Disposal Facility Without A Permit

2 — Failed to Stabilize or Restore Well Site

1 — Failed to Implement Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan

Company/Location/Violations – Conventional

Coterra Energy Inc.

    — Failure To Prevent Substances From Reaching Waters of Commonwealth

    — Failed To Properly Dispose Of Fluids, Wastes, Drill Cuttings

Clarion County

— Alpha Wells Inc. – Monroe Twp. – TW Phillips 1

    — Drilling, Operating a Well Without a Permit

Elk County

— Diversified Prod LLC – Jones Twp. – Elk State Forest

    — Failure To Prevent Substances From Reaching Waters of Commonwealth

    — Operated A Residual Waste Processing Or Disposal Facility Without A Permit

    — Failed To Properly Dispose Of Fluids, Wastes, Drill Cuttings

Erie County

— Mitch Well Energy Inc. – Waterford Twp. – Marathon Smith 1

     — Failure To Plug The Well Upon Abandoning It

     — Failure To Prevent Substances From Reaching Waters of Commonwealth

McKean County

— MSL Oil & Gas Corp. – Hamilton Twp. – PennZoil Farmount II

     — Failed to Implement Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan

— PennHills Resources LLC. – Hamilton Twp. – West W314

     — Failed to Implement Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan

     — Failed to Stabilize Well Site

Westmoreland County

— EQB Prod. Co. – Washington Twp. – SB Crooks 2

    — Failed to Restore Well Site

Major Violations Reported – Unconventional Shale Gas

 1 — Failed to restore well drilling site

Company/Location/Violations – Unconventional Shale Gas

Indiana County

Diversified Prod LLC – Rayne Twp. – CR Glasser 4

    — Failed to restore well drilling site

[Note: If you believe your company was listed in error, contact DEP’s Oil and Gas Program.]

DEP Public Notice Dashboards:

— Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard – Nov. 26 To Dec. 2  [PaEN]

— PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment  [PaEN]

— DEP Posted 80 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In Dec. 3 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

Related Articles This Week:

— AG Shapiro: Coterra Energy, Formerly Cabot Oil & Gas, Pleads No Contest To 15 Criminal Charges Related To Polluting Water Supplies In Dimock, Susquehanna County  [PaEN]

— DEP Has Ordered A ‘Top To Bottom Review’ Of How It Regulates Underground Natural Gas Storage Areas As A Result Of The Equitrans Gas Leak In Cambria County In Nov.  [PaEN]

— DEP: Schedule For Updating Conventional Oil & Gas Environmental, Waste Regulations Will Be Up To Gov. Shapiro  [PaEN]

— DEP Preparing To Plug The Next 198 Abandoned Conventional Oil & Gas Wells With Federal Funding  [PaEN]

— EQB Overwhelmingly Approves Emergency Regulation Setting VOC/Methane Limits For Conventional Oil & Gas Facilities; Republicans Vote Against  [PaEN]

— Bob Donnan Blog: Tale Of Two Townships In Washington County: Union & Peters Townships  – A Decade Of Fracking Issues

— Natural Resources Defense Council Blog: Rising Cost Of Pennsylvania’s Petrochemical Industry Subsidies – By Mark Szybist

[Posted: December 2, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog Digest

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the December 3 PA Bulletin— 

— The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 3 PA Bulletin it is now accepting applications for Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants.  The deadline is March 17. 

— PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment  [PaEN]

— The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting comments on the proposed renewal of an NPDES Industrial Waste Discharge Permit for the Energy Harbor Generation LLC  Little Blue Run Coal Ash Disposal Area (former Bruce Mansfield Power Plant) in Shippingport Borough, Beaver County. (Dec. 3 PA Bulletin, page 7413Read more here.

DEP ADVISORY:  “Due to the upcoming change in [Governor’s] administration, DEP executive staff have asked that all advisory committee meetings slated for January and February be rescheduled to March.”

— CANCELED: December 5 –  DEP State Water Plan Ohio Regional Water Resources Committee meeting. (formal notice)

— CANCELED: December 8 – DEP Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting.  (formal notice)

PA Bulletin – December 3, 2022

Note: The Department of Environmental Protection published 80 pages of public notices related to proposed and final permit and approval/ disapproval actions in the December 3 PA Bulletin – pages 7391 to 7471.

Sign Up For DEP’s eNotice: Did you know DEP can send you email notices of permit applications submitted in your community?  Notice of new technical guidance documents and regulations?  All through its eNotice system.  Click Here to sign up.

Visit DEP’s Public Participation Center for public participation opportunities.  

NEW!  Allegheny County Health Department Public Comment Notices

DEP Proposals Out For Public Review

Other Proposals Open For Public Comment – DEP webpage

Submit Comments on Proposals Through DEP’s eComment System

Recently Closed Comment Periods For Other Proposals – DEP webpage

Other Proposals Recently Finalized – DEP webpage

DEP Regulations In Process

Proposed Regulations Open For Comment – DEP webpage

Submit Comments on Proposals Through DEP’s eComment System

Proposed Regulations With Closed Comment Periods – DEP webpage

Recently Finalized Regulations – DEP webpage

DEP Regulatory Update – DEP webpage

DEP Technical Guidance In Process

Draft Technical Guidance Documents – DEP webpage

Technical Guidance Comment Deadlines – DEP webpage

Submit Comments on Proposals Through DEP’s eComment System

Recently Closed Comment Periods For Technical Guidance – DEP webpage

Technical Guidance Recently Finalized – DEP webpage

Copies of Final Technical Guidance – DEP webpage

DEP Non-Regulatory/Technical Guidance Documents Agenda [February 2022] – DEP webpage

[Posted: December 2, 2022] PA Environment Digest

DEP Invites Comments On NPDES Water Quality Permit Renewal For Little Blue Run Coal Ash Disposal Area In Beaver County

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting comments on the proposed renewal of an NPDES Industrial Waste Discharge Permit for the Energy Harbor Generation LLC  Little Blue Run Coal Ash Disposal Area (former Bruce Mansfield Power Plant) in Shippingport Borough, Beaver County. (Dec. 3 PA Bulletin, page 7413)

Comments, requests for a hearing or questions should be directed to DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. File Review Coordinator: 412-442-4286. Email comments to: RA-EPNPDES_SWRO@pa.gov

For more information on environmental programs in Pennsylvania, visit DEP’s website, Click Here to sign up for DEP’s newsletter, sign up for DEP Connects events, sign up for DEP’s eNotice, visit DEP’s BlogLike DEP on Facebook, Follow DEP on Twitter and visit DEP’s YouTube Channel.

August 12, 2012

Related Article:

— [2018] – DEP: Nov. 28 Hearing On Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, Little Blue Run Waste Impoundment Discharge Permit, Beaver County

[Posted: December 2, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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