Pa. finds gas-drilling firm in violation of Water Laws

Natural gas drilling operations in Dimock, Pa., are violating laws to protect water and the public, Pennsylvania regulators have determined.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is holding Cabot Oil & Gas accountable for allowing natural gas from lower formations to contaminate fresh water supplies, according to a “Notice of Violation” sent to Cabot dated Feb. 27.

While tapping gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, the company has violated the state’s Oil and Gas Act and Clean Stream Laws, the notice states. Both of those regulations protect drinking water supplies from natural gas hazards.

Gas from Cabot drilling operations has migrated into an aquifer providing water for local residents, the DEP has determined. More than a dozen wells proving water to homes along and near Carter Road have been affected. Four have been taken offline and others have been vented.

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3 Responses to Pa. finds gas-drilling firm in violation of Water Laws

  1. It is said that the process of drilling has got various hazardous effects on our environment. We should come forward to stop this from happening further.

  2. Reportedly – I have heard the problem was not the frac process, but top hole management and the design and install of the strings or casing.

    The keys
    1. Use multiple well strings
    2. Recreate the upper confining layer on the aquifer
    3. Recreate the lower confining layer on the freshwater aquifer.
    4. Make sure strings are centralized in the borehole.
    5. Make sure the cement is uniform and set before drilling
    6. Conduct baseline testing.

    We may need to consider further isolation distances from existing wells.

  3. braculus says:

    we have to start NOW to reduce energy demands by conserving. However, Hydraulic fracking is not the ONLY way to extract natural gas – it is one of the most potentially hazardous ways. I conjecture it is probably cheaper somehow or they wouldn’t be pushing it. People forget about future WATER SHORTAGES when they discuss energy needs.
    We really need to make sure every aquafir is maintained, and hydrolic fracking is a major risk to the enormous aquafir contained by the shale along with the gas…

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