May 10, 2011 |
A Duke University study has found that methane levels in private water wells are, on average, 17 times higher when within 1,000 yards of a natural gas drilling site. Of 60 wells that the researchers tested for methane in northeastern Pennsylvania and New York, they found the gas in 85 percent. When they fingerprinted the methane - comparing the chemistry of the methane in the wells with that from natural gas wells in the region - "the signatures matched," said Robert Jackson, a professor at Duke and a study author.
May 14, 2010 |
On the heels of penalizing one natural gas operator $240,000 for contaminating water wells, Pennsylvania's top environmental official Thursday urged the industry to immediately adopt proposed new drilling standards rather than waiting for them to be formally enacted. John Hanger, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, summoned industry representatives to Harrisburg to discuss new construction standards for wells drilled to tap natural gas reserves. The new guidelines are designed to reduce the chance of incidents such as the one that has contaminated 14 water wells in the Susquehanna County town of Dimock.
August 13, 1989 |
Chester County's building slowdown is causing some belt-tightening at the Health Department. Income from applications for licenses for new sewer systems dropped significantly during the first half of the year, forcing the department to lay off some employees and streamline some offices. Revenue from other types of permits partially offset the decline. The department has eliminated one supervisory position and frozen three full-time jobs and two part-time jobs, said John Maher, the Health Department's director.
February 6, 1998 |
The state Department of Environmental Protection shut down the operation of 202 Island Car Wash and Mobil Oil Corp. yesterday, saying the business had repeatedly refused to provide the state with its leak detection records. The refusal to provide records comes after the DEP's yearlong inspections of 58 homeowner water wells, of which more than half showed trace amounts of petroleum products. "Our inspectors have determined that the closest possible source to these homes for these petroleum products is this business," said John Gerdelmann, the DEP's community relations coordinator.
January 31, 2012 |
In the latest salvo over Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the embattled town of Dimock, a natural-gas company on Tuesday alleged that federal regulators had cherry-picked old test data to distort the amount of contamination in drinking-water wells. Cabot Oil and Gas Co., whose drilling was blamed for the pollution, said that the drinking-water tests the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used to justify its Jan. 19 order to deliver fresh water supplies to four Dimock residences "do not accurately represent the water quality" and are inconsistent with the body of data collected at the residences.
January 19, 2012 |
Federal regulators said Thursday they will deliver drinking water to four households near natural gas wells in the embattled town of Dimock, casting doubt on Pennsylvania's decision to allow a Marcellus Shale operator to halt deliveries in December. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also said it will conduct its own water sampling at 61 homes in the rural Susquehanna County township "to further assess whether any residents are being exposed to hazardous substances that cause health concerns.
February 1, 2012 |
In the latest salvo over Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the embattled town of Dimock, a natural gas company on Tuesday alleged that federal regulators had cherry-picked old test data to distort the amount of contamination in drinking-water wells. Cabot Oil & Gas Co., whose drilling was blamed for the pollution, said that the drinking-water tests the Environmental Protection Agency used to justify its Jan. 19 order to deliver fresh water supplies to four Dimock houses "do not accurately represent the water quality" and are inconsistent with the body of data collected at the residences.
May 17, 2011 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday fined Chesapeake Energy Corp. $1.1 million for violations related to natural gas drilling activities, the largest penalty ever against a Marcellus Shale operator. Under a consent order, Chesapeake will pay $900,000 for contaminating private water supplies in Bradford County. Under a second agreement, Chesapeake will pay $188,000 for a Feb. 23 tank fire at its drilling site in Avella, Washington County. Chesapeake is the largest operator working in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, a gas-rich formation that has triggered a bonanza of drilling activity in the last three years.
October 23, 1998 |
Commotion over mercury found recently in private South Jersey water wells sparked fury this week among local officials who were told that the state may cut funds for a federal project aimed at finding sources of the water contamination. But officials from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said yesterday they are committed to providing money to fund the project. Members of the Tri-County Water Quality Management Board, which oversees water quality in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, adopted a resolution Wednesday notifying the DEP of the board's concern with decisions that could cancel state funding for the mercury tests, said Mike Ontko, the board's coordinator.