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Friday, December 10, 2010

Company Stored, Transferred Marcellus Gas Well Drilling Wastewater

DEP Fines RN Industries Trucking Inc. $3,000 for Operating Illegal Transfer Station in Clearfield County

Company Stored, Transferred Marcellus Gas Well Drilling Wastewater

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined RN Industries Trucking Inc., of Sandy Township, Clearfield County $3,000 for operating a waste transfer station in Sandy Township without a permit.

“Our inspections in April found that the company was storing top-hole drilling wastewater in five tanks,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber who explained that the tanks allow solids in the wastewater to settle before the water can be removed and hauled away for treatment. “This kind of activity requires a transfer station permit to ensure it’s done safely and in accordance with state laws.”

A top-hole is the vertical portion of the well bore extending several thousand feet deep. It can be drilled with a smaller drilling rig, which is replaced by a larger rig to drill the directional portion of the well bore into the Marcellus shale formation.

At the time of the April inspections, RN Industries Trucking had about 1,950 barrels -- or about 82,000 gallons -- of the wastewater on-site.

The department issued a notice of violation letter to the company in early May, and recommended that all top-hole wastewater at the site be transported for disposal at a permitted facility and no additional wastewater be brought to the site without first obtaining a permit. The solids were subsequently taken to the Greentree Landfill in Elk County for proper disposal.

A DEP follow-up inspection in late May determined that the site was no longer being used for storage or as a transfer facility, and that all wastewater and tanks had been removed.

The fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which helps to pay for cleanups across the state.

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Anonymous said...

Wow you go DEP! make the big bucks, at least it's a start I'm sure if there were more of you the fines would be coming ten folds...

Anonymous said...

Re:Friday, December 10, 2010 1:18:00 PM EST
That's a not how it works here in Potter.
There have been over 360 violations and only a hand full of fines.
155 environmental health and safety violations.
Many discharges of contaminants.
If they were fined appropriately,they would be more careful.

The smaller companies are being fined more frequently then the larger ones.
Storing fluids without a permit is not as harmful to public health and safety then
discharging industrial fluids into our ground.
Drilling companies have done this in our area.
The DEP should apply the violations and fines fairly across the board.
Large or small they should be held equally accountable and be consistent.
Increasing the fines when the violations cause greater risk.
It is disappointing that Job creation and money
seem to hold a higher value in the DEP eyes then the health of our communities and our natural resources.

Anonymous said...

None of this ever happened... It`s all smoke and mirrors... Relax people.

Anonymous said...

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