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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Clearfield County Commissioners Want EPA To Reconsider Injection Well Approval

Commissioners Seek Comprehensive Review of Disposal Injection Well Permit

By Jessica Shirey

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Commissioners are submitting a letter requesting reconsideration of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to approve the construction of a disposal injection well in Brady Township.

Two-and-a-half years ago, Windfall Oil & Gas of Falls Creek proposed a frack/brine fluid disposal injection well to be located on Highland Street Extension in Brady Township. Frank Zelman is the landowner and lease holder with Windfall Oil & Gas.

In Pennsylvania, a Class 2 disposal injection well requires an EPA Underground Injection Control permit. It also requires a state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) well drilling permit.

On Feb. 14, the EPA issued Windfall Oil & Gas its UIC permit for its proposed disposal injection well. However, Windfall Oil & Gas still cannot begin drilling until the EPA finalizes the UIC permit after an appeals period and it also receives its DEP drilling permit.

The commissioners requested further review of the permit decision and a denial based upon evidence submitted to them by citizens. Read more...

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