COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HARRISBURG — More than half of the natural gas drillers operating in the Marcellus Shale missed the deadline to report the production levels of their wells in violation of state law, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.
DEP Secretary John Hanger said today that 41 of the 74 oil and gas companies operating in the Marcellus Shale, or 55 percent, failed to submit reports on the past 12 months of production by the Aug. 15 deadline.
“When the General Assembly approved this law and the Governor signed it, they did so because they believed this requirement provided much-needed transparency into the industry’s operations,” said Hanger. “The fact that so many companies failed to meet the deadline for providing this information is troubling. We plan to follow-up with each non-compliant firm and pursue whatever enforcement action is necessary to get them to follow the law.”
The public can track a Marcellus operator’s compliance with Act 15 production reporting requirements online at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/oilgas/OGRE_production/Marcellus_Report_Submissions_8-26-10.xls. The site includes a complete list of operators that did not submit production reports by Aug. 15. The list will be updated on a weekly basis as production report submissions are made. The list of the Marcellus operators that submitted production reports on time is also provided.
The new law, Act 15 of 2010, required gas companies drilling into the Marcellus formation to report production totals from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 by Aug. 15. Subsequent to this deadline, companies will be required to report production every six months, making the next report due Feb. 15.
Prior to Act 15, DEP was required by law to keep production reporting data confidential for five years.
For more information or to view the production reports of companies that met the deadline, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Helen Humphreys, 717-787-1323
Editor’s Note: A list of companies that failed to meet the Aug. 15, reporting deadline follows. Those with asterisks submitted after the deadline:
Alpha Shale Res LP
Alta Operation Co. LLP
American Oil & Gas LLC
Atlas Resources LLC
Anschutz Exploration Corp.
Burnett Oil Co. Inc.
*Carrizo (Marcellus) LLC
*Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.
Consol Pa Coal Co.
*D. E. LTD Family Partnership
Dominion Exploration and Production Inc.
East Resources Inc.
East Resources Management
*Encana Oil & Gas USA Inc.
Enervest Operating LLC
Flatirons Development LLC
Interstate Gas Marketing Inc.
Jr Resources LP
M & M Royalty LTD
*MDS Energy LTD
Mountain V Oil & Gas Inc.
Newfield Appalachia Pa LLC
Novus Operating LLC
Penn Virginia Oil & Gas Corp.
Petro Dev Corp.
Rex Energy Operating Corp.
Rice Drilling B LLC
*Seneca Resources Corp.
Schrader Kevin E
Snee & Eberly & People Natural Gas
SM Energy Co.
Special JHR Corp.
*Talisman Energy USA Inc.
Tanglewood Exploration LLC
Triana Energy LLC
Turm Oil Inc.
*Ultra Resources Inc.
US Energy Exploration Corp.
A list of companies that submitted the production report on-time follows:
AB Resources Pa. LLC
Anadarko E&P Co. LP
Antero Resources Appalachian Corp.
Baker Gas Inc.
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
Chesapeake Appalachia LLC
Chief Oil & Gas LLC
Citrus Energy Corp.
CNX Gas Co. LLC
Consol Gas Co.
DL Resources Inc.
Energy Corp. of Amer.
EOG Resources Inc.
EQT Production Co.
Exco. Resources Pa. Inc.
Great Oak Energy Inc.
Guardian Exploration Inc.
J W Operating Co.
Longfellow Energy LP
Marathon Oil Co.
Pa. Gen Energy Co. LLC
Phillips Exploration Inc.
Range Resources Appalachia LLC
Samson Res. Co.
Snyder Bros. Inc.
Southwestern Energy Prod. Co.
Stone Energy Corp.
Texas Keystone Inc.
Vista Opr. Inc.
William McIntire Coal Oil & Gas
William S. Burkland
Williams Production Appalachia LLC
XTO Energy Inc.
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952 Identified as Most Likely to Harm the Environment
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has reviewed environmental violations accrued by Marcellus Shale drillers working in Pennsylvania between January 2008 and June 25, 2010. The records were obtained via a Right to Know Request made to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
DEP records show a total of 1435 violations of state Oil and Gas Laws due to gas drilling or other earth disturbance activities related to natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale in this 2.5-year period. The Association identified 952 violations as having or likely to have an impact on the environment. 483 were identified as likely being an administrative or safety violation and not likely to have the potential to negatively impact the environment.
The report breaks the violations down by type. For example, of the 952 violations:
- 268 involve improper construction of waste water impoundments
- 10 involve improper well casing
- 154 involve discharge of industrial waste
- 16 involve improper blowout prevention
The report lists the 25 companies with the most violations as well as the 25 companies with the highest average number of violations per well driller.
View the entire report at conserveland.org/violationsrpt.
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The Public Comment Meetings are finished and there are only about ten days to get in your comments by e-mail.
These regulations call for more stringent standards for O&G drilling operations.
These regulations are vital. They upgrade requirements for testing, well casing, welding, cementing and other steps to prevent blowouts, migration of gas and release of fluids which could contaminate our waterways and aquifers.
The public comment period will end on 8/09/10.
If you missed the hearings, please submit your official written testimony via RegComments@state.pa.us
or via USPS at
Environmental Quality Board
P.O. Box 8477 Harrisburg PA 17105-8477
· Be sure to use subject heading “CH 78 Regulations”
and include your full name and address.
Talking points – Choose the topics most important to you:
- Safety – Marcellus depths and pressures are so far beyond what was “normal” in the 1980’s, we must upgrade the Oil & Gas regulations to ensure safety.
- Prevent stray gas migration [ contaminating local waterwells]
· Cementing – Use Texas standards
DEP’s definition for cement sets a 24-hour compressive strength standard of at least 500 psi; however, other states, such as Texas, have found that standard insufficient to prevent vertical migration of fluids or gas behind pipe. Texas requires an additional 72-hour compressive strength standard of at least 1,200 psi across critical zones of cement.
· Cementing – Upgrade the details
Ensure better cementing by documenting the chemical composition of the mixture. Expand the “cement ticket” definition to include:
(a) a requirement for the operator to test the mixing water pH and temperature and note it on the cement ticket (this is standard industry practice and aids in determining cement quality);
(b) a record of the Waiting on Cement [WOC] time, which is the time required to achieve the calculated compressive strength standard before the casing is disturbed in any way. Allow no shortcuts.
- Protection of Water Supplies –
DEP must clarify §78.51 to explain what constitutes an adequately restored or replacement water supply for homeowners. There should be a set timeframe for acting upon a complaint filed by a landowner.
Revise §78.51(c) to read: Within 24 hours of the receipt of the investigation request, the Department will send a technical team to the field site to examine the situation and determine whether immediate action is needed to shut down operations.
· Blowout Preventer –
Blowouts are very serious work safety, and environmental situations. Blowouts may result in human injury, fire, explosion, oil spills and gas venting. Suggestion: Require all wells to be drilled with a Blow-Out Preventer once the surface casing is installed and cemented. No exceptions.
§78.72 (c) requires BOP controls to be accessible during an emergency; this is logical. However, the regulation should also require that the operator to place the BOP controls on the rig itself. BOP controls need to be accessible both on the rig and at a location a safe distance away from the drilling rig. Recent accidents show the need for this.
“Safe” = absence of risk. While it is not possible to eliminate all the risks inherent in drilling, we have to ensure that the standards are as bullet-proof as we can make them. There should be no “weasel clauses” that allow misinterpretation, no omissions, no compromises because of industry arm-twisting or whining that DEP is “unfriendly”.
Your statements are needed so the IRRC can see strong public support for the new DEP CH 78 regulations.
. . Remember, it is the Department of Environmental Protection.
DEP’s proposed regulations are at:
If you have questions regarding details from any of our mailings, please contact Coalition-Secretary@comcast.net immediately.
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