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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chesapeake Energy's Pipeline Division Fined $19,510. For Erosion Control Violations

DEP Fines Appalachia Midstream Nearly $20,000 for Erosion, Sediment Violations at Bradford County Compressor Station

Company Failed to Implement, Maintain Best Management Practices

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Appalachia Midstream Services LLC of Horseheads, N.Y., Chesapeake Energy’s pipeline division, $19,510 for numerous erosion- and sediment-control violations originally found last winter at its compressor station in Albany Township, Bradford County.

“Appalachia Midstream did not correct the violations documented in February by the Bradford County Conservation District until August, which is far longer than needed,” DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber said. “We continue to work to ensure that the companies DEP regulates take their compliance obligations seriously.”

Inspections by the conservation district and DEP’s Oil and Gas staff in February and May found that Appalachia Midstream had failed to implement and maintain effective best-management practices to control erosion and sediment runoff during excavation for construction of a compressor station.

Best-management practices are measures used to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation to protect the quality of surface and groundwater in the area. They include various devices, such as silt-filter socks, as well as constructing diversion channels, sediment basins and stabilized slopes.

The inspections revealed violations of the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and state regulations. A notice of violation letter was sent to the company on March 28, and a DEP inspection on Aug. 16 verified that Appalachia Midstream had corrected all the violations.

For more information, call 570-327-3659 or visit www.dep.state.pa.us.

11 comments :

Consern said...

Wonder how much they’ll hit the Fish Hatchery up here for dumping Fish Shit in the Oswayo River. Maybe the Health Department should come check our water supplies here in town.

Anonymous said...

I think most fish do shit in the river ?

Bonnie Sue said...

I know what you are saying sometimes the stench is really bad & what is causing the rash and sores the kids that play and swim down stream get? It's all in who you are they now can put BRINE on the roads year round and we all know thats NOT as dangerous as that BAD SOIL!!!!!

Anonymous said...

shit happens and erossion is natural, if it happens neer civilization though it cant be natual, and therfore someone must pay. and how greedy must an organization be to fine 20,000 for damage that amounts to nothing, considering erosion happens everywhere all the time? and also what right do they have to do this?

Anonymous said...

Fine these drillbabies 20 million,then they will understand the cost of pollution in gods country.GET OUT! WE DON'T WANT YOU HERE!

Anonymous said...

sorry 10:31 gods country has become Frackville...

Bonnie Sue said...

This county is already polluted-why do you think we have so much cancer and most MS than other counties in the US. I think that FREE Enterprise is still allowed or did they take that away too? Why don't you move to a big city where there is NO pollution!!!

Anonymous said...

3:23...you are so right!

Anonymous said...

The Austin Area has terrible MS/cancer/sickness rates but when ever it is brought up people just say you are a small town so it just seem like there is more.

Anonymous said...

Bonnie Sue-7:58. Has this been reported to the proper people and if so, what do they have to say? Funny nothing in the local News Papers and they are always jumping on something.
Maybe Jim can find something out.

Anonymous said...

anyone who has fished or hunteed in this area lately sure knows where it enters the stream you see 12 inches of water then step in to cross and sink past your waist in pure green gooie fish poo i am thankfull for chest waders that day instead of wearing hip boots, nearly impossible to follow the flow back to the source it just gets too deep and thick