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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Causer's Prodding Helped Establish New Enforcement Policy For Drillers



Recent actions by the PA DEP to standardize enforcement of drilling regulations were probably helped along by Representative Martin Causer (R) Turtlepoint at this hearing that took place back in March 2011 when Causer told DEP Secretary Krancer that one of the main complaints his constituents had was the lack of uniformity in enforcement of DEP drilling regulations.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see him bring up the...drilling/ flooding issues. It needs addressing.
Especially in Potter where they have cleared forest and constructed well pads in areas that impact homes in flood zones.

The inconsistency of enforcement problem isn't only about different interpretations...It's also about the distance between the development and the regional offices.The further away from inspectors..the fewer inspections. There is less enforcement of the regulations in the areas further from the offices. It's a no brainer that the drillers want to develop further away from the offices.
The magnitude of this development is unprecedented.
It's time for Marty,Krancer and the DEP to wake the frack up. What's needed is local oversight.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again. What about the logging industry and all of the forests they are wiping out? You never hear of anybody coming down on the local logging industries and the erosion and flooding they are causing. It is always about the drilling industry. Most of it is sour grapes because certain people didn't qualify with enough land to warrant exploration or didn't get a job with the drilling companies. Causer is doing his job, yes, but he needs to appease ALL of his voters so he has to explore the drilling industry also and keep tabs on them. WE NEED THE GAS. What part of that do you people NOT understand? The air you breathe is far more polluted by factories, exhaust fumes,etc than anything in the drilling process that you are so afraid of. And , no, I do NOT work for any drilling company.

Anonymous said...

According to a recent Carnegie Mellon study the Dimmock wells cost an average of $700,000 each to plug.
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/11/marcellus_well_bonding_proposa.html

Over the years only a very small percentage of wells have been plugged by operators.
Pennsylvania allows operators to abandon wells ...Leaving hundreds of thousands of wells orphan and abandoned for the state to plug.

Currently there are bonding requirements for the operators to post.$2,500 per well or a blanket bond of $25,000 for all the wells an operator drills.
The orphan well program...receives around $250.00 per well from the permit fee and surcharge.
Link;http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/Get/Version-48262/550-0800-001.pdf
These wells have the potential to bankrupt the state and will probably cost the state far more then they will ever generate through a tax or impact fee.

Anonymous said...

Trees grow bsck.... China needs the gas

Anonymous said...

To 4:00PM......You are a moron!

Anonymous said...

3:47 ... The water these guys use is gone forever.... It`s NEVER coming back as useable. The gas produced will be liquified and shipped from this country to the highest bidder. This industry lies to everyone and will pay off anyone in their way. It`s a carbon copy of the coal industry of the 30`s and 40`s but with higher stakes and risks. They are going to drill 90,000 wells but they are concerned about our environment ?