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Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard – Dec. 10 to 16, 2022

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | December 17, 2022

Overview

The Department of Environmental Protection reported collecting over $1,044,000 in civil penalties for environmental violations related to oil and gas industrial facilities in Pennsylvania last week.

On December 15, DEP executed a $600,000 consent assessment of civil penalty with John A. Joseph – individually and doing business as Joseph Contracting, John Joseph Contracting, and Perry Stone Supply LLC – to settle violations of the Solid Waste Management Act and Pennsylvania regulations that occurred in Dunbar, Perry, and South Union Townships, Fayette County. 

Joseph illegally disposed of an estimated 1,831 truck loads of solid waste and drill cuttings from oil and gas operations at sites in Pennsylvania.  [Read more here.]

On December 16, the Associated Press reported DEP signed a consent order and agreement with Coterra Energy to allow shale gas drilling to resume under the 9 square mile Dimock/Carter Road Area of Susquehanna County that includes new drilling and water supply protection standards and impose a $444,000 penalty for past violations.  [Read more here.]

Other Compliance Actions

In addition to collecting these penalties, DEP took these major compliance actions last week.

On December 14, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it issued a notice of violation (NOV) to Shell Chemicals Appalachia, LLC (Shell) for exceeding its rolling 12-month total emission limitations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during commissioning of its petrochemical facility in Potter Township, Beaver County.

Other hazardous air pollutant violations for asbestos were also noted in several DEP inspection reports.  [Read more here.]

On December 16, DEP reported an November 28 inspection resulted in the agency issuing more Clean Streams Law violations to PA General Energy at the Shawnee water withdrawal and natural gas pipeline construction site on the Loyalsock Creek in Gamble Township, Lycoming County.

The inspection was prompted by citizen complaints showing obvious pollution in the creek.  [Read more here.]

DEP inspection records show on December 13 and December 14, DEP inspected a conventional storage well remediate site at the Equitrans Rager Mountain Underground Natural Gas Storage Area in Cambria County that was the location of the uncontrolled venting of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas in November and found multiple violations of erosion and sedimentation control requirements, discharges into the waters of the Commonwealth and other violations.

On December 16, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced three professional geology firms, GeoServices, Ltd., Meiser & Earl, Inc., and David Miller Associates, Inc., were selected to begin independent evaluations of water quality for residents affected by the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline

The action was the result of an investigation by the Office of Attorney General Environmental Crimes Section, Sunoco Pipeline L.P., and ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC (ETC), both subsidiaries of Energy Transfer, L.P. (Energy Transfer), were convicted of criminal charges related to their conduct during the construction of two major pipelines in Pennsylvania.  [Read more here.]

Significant Lawsuits To Gain Compliance

Also on December 16, Ronald and Jane Shawley in Cambria County filed a lawsuit in federal court against Sunoco Pipeline LP claiming the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline made their property nearly uninhabitable by destroying their water well and on-lot septic system, bulldozing their barn, causing sinkholes and other property damage.  [Read more here.]

Weekly Summary

From December 10 through 16, the Compliance Reporting Database shows DEP oil and gas inspectors filed 590 inspection reports that included 78 environmental violations– 15 major violations by conventional operators and 17 major violations by unconventional shale gas operators.

So far this year– as of December 9— DEP issued 4,864 notices of violation to conventional operators and 1,079 to unconventional shale gas operators.

So far in 2022– as of December 9— DEP did 12,231 inspections of conventional operators and 20,397 inspections of unconventional shale gas operators.

In calendar year 2021, DEP issued 4,386 violations to conventional operators and 1,000 violations to unconventional shale gas operators.

In calendar year 2021, DEP did 11,684 inspections of conventional operators and 18,048 inspections of unconventional shale gas operators.

DEP reported three unconventional shale gas well operators failed to report defective well casing or cementing that could have resulted in methane leaks or groundwater contamination– Seneca Resources in Lycoming County, SWN Production in Susquehanna County and Chesapeake Appalachia in Wyoming County.

Wilmoth Interests Inc. was given a violation notice for attempting to abandoned a conventional well without plugging it in McKean County.

The second most significant issue was the failure of River Ridge Gravel Co. to file annual production and waste disposal reports and well integrity reports for 54 wells in Venango County.

The production and waste report is critical to understanding how much wastewater and other waste those wells generated and where it was disposed of.

The annual integrity report is critical because it helps ensure the operator is taking the steps needed to prevent natural gas, oil or contaminated water leaks from oil and gas wells.

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Violation Details
Violations Reported – Conventional

1 — Failure To Plug The Well Upon Abandoning It

2 — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

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

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

2 — Failed To Collect Brine And Properly Manage Wastewater

2 — Failed To Submit Well Integrity Report

2 — Failed To Submit Well Production & Waste Management Report

1 — Failure to design, implement, maintain erosion & sedimentation controls

1 — Failure to stabilize a well site

Company/Location/Violations – Conventional
Armstrong County

— Diversified Prod. LLC – Gilpin Twp. – McIntyre 1

     — Failed To Collect Brine And Properly Manage Wastewater

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

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

Cambria County

— Equitrans LP – Jackson Twp. – Rager Mountain Gas Storage Area

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

     — Failed to design, implement, maintain best management practices to prevent erosion,  sedimentation

     — Failed to stabilize the site to prevent erosion, sedimentation

     — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

Erie County

Kayak Gas & Oil Co., Inc. – Platea Boro – Robert Silverthorn 1 Well

     — Failed To Submit Well Integrity Report

     — Failed To Submit Well Production & Waste Management Report

McKean County

— Snow & Snow Oil – Otto Twp. – Windfall BW-24 Well

     — Failed To Collect Brine And Properly Manage Wastewater

     — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

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

     — Failed To Submit Well Integrity Report

     — Failed To Submit Well Production & Waste Management Report

— Wilmoth Interests Inc. – Wetmore Twp. – Butler 3121 9 Well

     — Failure To Plug The Well Upon Abandoning It

Venango County

— River Ridge Gravel Co. – Cranberry Twp. – Dev 22 Well

     — Failed To Submit Well Integrity Report

     — Failed To Submit Well Production & Waste Management Report

Violations Reported – Unconventional Shale Gas

4 — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

3 — Failure To Report A Release That Caused Or Threatens To Cause Pollution

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

3 — Failed to report defective casing or cementing of well

1 — Failed to restore impoundment after fracking operations ended

1 — Failed to construct, maintain containment around tanks on site

1 — Failed to restore well site

Company/Location/Violations – Unconventional Shale Gas
Bradford County

— Blackhill Energy LLC – Springfield Twp. – Kline A And Kingsley E Well Pad

     — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

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

     — Failure To Report A Release That Caused Or Threatens To Cause Pollution

— Chesapeake Appalachia LLC – West Burlington Twp. – Brad 14 Ward Well

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

— Repsol Oil & Gas USA LLC – Troy Twp. – Lutz Well Site

     — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

Clinton County

— STL Resources LLC – Grugan Twp. –  Sturgis South 1009H Well Pad

     — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

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

     — Failure To Report A Release That Caused Or Threatens To Cause Pollution

— STL Resources LLC – Grugan Twp. –  Sturgis South 1001H Well Pad

     — Discharged Waste Into Waters Of Commonwealth

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

     — Failure To Report A Release That Caused Or Threatens To Cause Pollution

Forest County

— Nucomer Energy LLC – Hickory Twp. – DR02 Pad & Impoundment

     — Failed to restore impoundment after fracking operations ended

     — Failed to construct, maintain containment around tanks on site

     — Failed to restore well site

Lycoming County

— Seneca Resources Co. LLC – Hepburn Twp. — Gamble PAD O

     — Failed to report defective well casing and cementing to prevent flow of gas, drilling fluids

Susquehanna County

— SWN Prod Co., LLC – Middletown Twp. – Blye PAD 1H

       — Failed to report defective well casing and cementing to prevent flow of gas, drilling fluids

Wyoming County

— Chesapeake Appalachia LLC – Washington Twp. – McGraw 1H-6H Wells

     — Defective casing or cementing of the well

[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 –  Dec. 10 to 16  [PaEN] 

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

— DEP Posted 69 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In The Dec. 17 PA Bulletin  [PaEN] 

— Better Path Coalition: 65 Organizations, Businesses, 2,700+ Individuals Petition Gov.-Elect Shapiro To Ban Road Dumping Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater  [PaEN]

— Citizen Complaints Result In DEP Issuing PA General Energy More Violations At Loyalsock Creek Gas Pipeline/Water Withdrawal Construction Site In Lycoming County  [PaEN] 

— DEP Consent Agreement Allowing Shale Gas Drilling To Resume Under Dimock, Susquehanna County Sets New Drilling, Water Supply Protection Standards, Imposes $444,000 Penalty  [PaEN]

— Republican Herald/Scranton Times Editorial: DEP Professes Unwarranted Faith In Shale Gas Drillers  [PaEN]

— DEP Assesses $600,000 Penalty For Illegal Disposal Of Over 1,800 Truck Loads Of Oil & Gas Waste Drill Cuttings In Fayette County  [PaEN]

— DEP Issues Notice Of Violation To Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County For Air Quality Violations In Sept. – Oct.  [PaEN]

— AG Shapiro: Free Water Evaluations Begin For Homeowners Affected By Construction Of Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline  [PaEN]

— Bloomberg: A Massive Natural Gas Leak In Pennsylvania Is Adding To Climate Scrutiny

— Presentations Now Available From Shale Gas & Public Health Conference In Nov. Hosted By PA League Of Women Voters & University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health  [PaEN]

— EPA Accepts Final DEP Oil/Gas Facility VOC/Methane Emission Limits Regulation For Review, Stops Imposition Of Federal Highway Funding, Other Sanctions  [PaEN]

— Ohio River Valley Institute Decarbonization Pathway Relies On Zero Emissions Resources, Energy Efficiency, Increased Electrification Is Less Costly Than Natural Gas, Carbon Capture Options  [PaEN]

— CNX Unveils Appalachia-Focused Vision For The Future, Promoting New Natural Gas Development, Use – ‘Produce It Here. Use  It Here – First’  [PaEN]

[Posted: December 17, 2022]  PA Environment Digest | Source

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

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | December 17, 2022

The following DEP notices were published in the December 17 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups

— Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC – DCNR 587 (02-003) Well Pad: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with drilling wastewater in Ward Twp., Tioga County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7769)

— RSWN Production Company, LLC – Seamans Well Pad: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with drilling wastewater in Harford Twp., Susquehanna County. (PA Bulletin, page 7769)

— Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC – Jads 25HC Well Pad: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with diesel fuel in Monroe Twp., Bradford County. (PA Bulletin, page 7769)

— Equitrans Midstream – Mogo Compressor Station: Final Report on remediate of soil contaminated with ethylene Glycol in Amwell Twp., Washington County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7769)

— Olympus Energy – Metis Well Pad: Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with aluminum, arsenic, barium, boron, chromium, copper, iron, lithium, lead, manganese, selenium, strontium, vanadium, zinc, benzene, tert- butylbenzene, sec-butylbenzene, cyclohexane, ethyl- benzene, isopropylbenzene (Cumene), naphthalene, toluene, xylenes, trimethylbenzene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 1,3,5-acenaphthene, anthracene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(g,h,i)pery- lene, biphenyl, chrysene, fluoranthene, fluorene indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, 2-methylnaphthalene, phenan- threne, pyrene, phenol, and chloride in Penn Twp., Westmoreland County.

Waste Facility Permits

— Range Resources Appalachia, LLC: DEP notice of registration received for a WMGR163 Residual Waste General Permit for temporary facilities to process oil and gas liquid waste in Mt. Pleasant Twp., Washington County. (PA Bulletin, page 7744)

Air Quality Permits

— Diversified Production LLC – Longhorn Pad C Facility: DEP invites comments on notice of intent to issue an Air Quality Plan Approval for the facility located in Jay Twp., Elk County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7746)

— Constellation Energy Generation LLC – Eddystone Generating Station: DEP invites comments on intent to issue Title V Air Quality Permit for the facility located in Eddystone Borough, Delaware County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7748)

Pipeline Compressor/Pumping Stations/Heaters

— NFG Midstream Covington, LLC – Kinnan 845 Well Pad: DEP issued an Air Quality Plan approval in Middlebury Twp., Tioga County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7771)

— DTM Appalachia Gathering, LLC – AGS Booster Station Compressor Station: DEP issued an Air Quality Plan approval in Jefferson Twp., Greene County.   (PA Bulletin, page 7771)

— MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC – Carpenter Compressor Station: DEP issued Air Quality permit for the facility in Donegal Twp., Washington County. (PA Bulletin, page 7774)

— Texas Eastern Transmission LP – Marietta Compressor Station: DEP issued Title V Air Quality permit in East Donegal Twp., Lancaster County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7774)

Chapter 105 Encroachment Permits

— Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC – Line 1570 Phase 1 Slip Repair Project: DEP inviting comments on Chapter 105 application for a project to repair, stabilize and maintain one slip along an existing natural gas pipeline in Gilmore Twp., Greene County. (PA Bulletin, page 7780)

Erosion & Sedimentation Permits

— JKLM Energy LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a facility impacting Genesee Forks (High Quality), Dry Run (High Quality) in Hector Twp., Potter County. (PA Bulletin, page 7778)

— EQT ARO, LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a facility impacting Plunketts Creek (Exceptional Value) in Plunketts Creek Twp., Lycoming County and Hillsgrove Twp., Sullivan County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7778)

— Coterra Energy, Inc.: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a facility impacting Field Brook in Lathrop Twp., Susquehanna County.   (PA Bulletin, page 7778)

NPDES Stormwater Permit

— Sunoco Pipeline, LP: Facility in South Whitehall Twp., Lehigh County (PA Bulletin, page 7741)

Oil & Gas Well Drilling Permits [12.9.22]*

— Last Week – Permits: DEP issued 9 conventional and 914 unconventional

— Year To Date – Permits: DEP issued 294 conventional and 713 unconventional

— Year To Date – Wells Drilled: 209 conventional and 544 unconventional

— Year To Date – NOVs Issued: 4,864 conventional and 1,079 unconventional

*DEP’s Weekly Oil & Gas Program Workload Report

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DEP Public Notice Dashboards:

— Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard –  Dec. 10 to 16  [PaEN] 

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

— DEP Posted 69 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In The Dec. 17 PA Bulletin  [PaEN] 

— Better Path Coalition: 65 Organizations, Businesses, 2,700+ Individuals Petition Gov.-Elect Shapiro To Ban Road Dumping Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater  [PaEN]

— Citizen Complaints Result In DEP Issuing PA General Energy More Violations At Loyalsock Creek Gas Pipeline/Water Withdrawal Construction Site In Lycoming County  [PaEN] 

— DEP Consent Agreement Allowing Shale Gas Drilling To Resume Under Dimock, Susquehanna County Sets New Drilling, Water Supply Protection Standards, Imposes $444,000 Penalty  [PaEN]

— Republican Herald/Scranton Times Editorial: DEP Professes Unwarranted Faith In Shale Gas Drillers  [PaEN]

— DEP Assesses $600,000 Penalty For Illegal Disposal Of Over 1,800 Truck Loads Of Oil & Gas Waste Drill Cuttings In Fayette County  [PaEN]

— DEP Issues Notice Of Violation To Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County For Air Quality Violations In Sept. – Oct.  [PaEN]

— AG Shapiro: Free Water Evaluations Begin For Homeowners Affected By Construction Of Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline  [PaEN]

— Bloomberg: A Massive Natural Gas Leak In Pennsylvania Is Adding To Climate Scrutiny

— Presentations Now Available From Shale Gas & Public Health Conference In Nov. Hosted By PA League Of Women Voters & University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health  [PaEN]

— EPA Accepts Final DEP Oil/Gas Facility VOC/Methane Emission Limits Regulation For Review, Stops Imposition Of Federal Highway Funding, Other Sanctions  [PaEN]

— Ohio River Valley Institute Decarbonization Pathway Relies On Zero Emissions Resources, Energy Efficiency, Increased Electrification Is Less Costly Than Natural Gas, Carbon Capture Options  [PaEN]

— CNX Unveils Appalachia-Focused Vision For The Future, Promoting New Natural Gas Development, Use – ‘Produce It Here. Use  It Here – First’  [PaEN]

[Posted: December 17, 2022]  PA Environment Digest | Source

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NEWS

Environmental group finds high benzene levels at homes near U.S. Steel plants in Mon Valley
“Benzene and hydrogen sulfide — that’s what we’re breathing. Everybody in this valley is breathing it,” said Meckel, 74, a retired Marine who has lived in Glassport for 20 years. “How damn long do I have to complain before someone does something? Nobody’s doing nothing.” The Washington, D.C.-based group Environmental Integrity Project said last week it found that two-week average concentrations of benzene at two residences near U.S. Steel operations — one of them Meckel’s — exceeded 10 and 16 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Those benzene readings on Mon Valley residential properties such as Meckel’s led EIP and others to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to step in and take more action when it comes to air pollutants attributed to U.S. Steel operations.

Western Pa. contractor fined for illegal dumping of oil and gas waste
December 16, 2022 – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined a Fayette County business owner $600,000 for improperly disposing of solid waste from the oil and gas industry at several sites in Fayette County from 2012 to 2015. The DEP says John A. Joseph, owner of trucking and stone supply businesses, illegally dumped the waste at five sites he either owned or where he had contracts to provide fill. The agency said Joseph used his companies to dump over 1800 truckfuls of solid waste without a permit. The agency said the waste included drill cuttings from pipeline projects in West Virginia, according to the Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty that Joseph signed.

March 29, 2017 news story: Investigation reveals oil and gas drilling waste dumped at local magistrate, Dairy Queen
The illegal dumping allegedly occurred at five locations, including an area behind Dairy Queen at 575 West Main St. in Uniontown and Magisterial District Judge Richard Kasunic II’s office at 3177 Pittsburgh St. in Star Junction. The waste originated at Trans Energy sites in West Virginia. Test results completed at each location detected diesel fuel and compounds including barium, sulfate and strontium, indicative of shale formation cuttings, investigators said.

Justice & Illegal Dumping for all? Investigation reveals oil & gas drilling waste dumped illegally (even after told to stop) at multiple Fayette County locations, including Magisterial District Judge Richard Kasunic II’s office and a Dairy Queen