Riparian zones

Chesapeake Energy, one of the state’s most active Marcellus Shale drillers, has been issued 30 notices of violations from the DEP for its operations in the state this year. The company has been cited 284 times for violations since the start of 2008 and has been subject to 58 enforcement actions by environmental regulators, according to DEP records.

Keep in mind that “violations” must first be approved by Governor Corbett.

‘Equipment failure’ blamed in well blowout – Drilling – Citizens Voice.

This pad was located nearly on top of a tributary to Towanda Creek.  As I got in an email recently:

John Hanger, former head of PA DEP and now an attorney for a large law firm which proudly states its affiliation with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, was quoted thus:
” Hanger repeated his call for modernization of Pennsylvania’s 25-year-old oil and gas law. He also touted a new regulation that mandates 150-foot buffers from pristine waterways, meant to protect more than 25,000 miles of high-quality streams and rivers. However, that regulation largely exempted oil and gas wells, requiring only that they leave existing buffers undisturbed “to the extent practicable.”

So, new regulations were placed in effect to protect streams, but that regulation exempted the gas companies!  This should be front and center in follow-up reporting on this industrial accident.

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