Marcellus violations cited

Posted: February 08, 2012

Natural gas companies drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale region accumulated 3,355 violations in the four years from 2008 through 2011, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the nonprofit organization, PennEnvironment.

More than 70 percent of the violations likely posed a direct threat to the environment, as opposed to violations that involved filing deadlines or paperwork, for instance, the organization said.

It identified the operators with the most violations as Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. (412); Chesapeake Appalachia LLC (393) and Chief Oil and Gas, LLC (313).

The companies with the highest average number of violations per well were Guardian Exploration, LLC (11); AB Resources PA, LLC (9); JW Operating Co. (5.3), PennEnvironment said.

"Marcellus shale gas operators regularly continue to violate Pennsylvania's cornerstone environmental laws, laws that are critical to protect the state's natural heritage and public health," said Erika Staaf, of PennEnvironment's Research and Policy Center. "Absent strong state safeguards for our our air, water and land, this pattern of pollution is set to continue."

   - Sandy Bauers

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