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Friday, April 11, 2014

DEP Fines Range Resources-Appalachia LLC $75,000 for Lycoming County Brine Spill

DEP Fines Range Resources-Appalachia LLC $75,000 for Lycoming County Brine Spill

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has fined Range Resources-Appalachia LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, $75,000 for a July 2012 manufactured brine spill of 3,066 gallons at its Cornwall Mountain Hunting Club Unit A well pad in Lewis Township, Lycoming County.

“This was a significant spill that Range reported to the department but did not properly remediate until nearly a year later,” DEP Director of District Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder said.

The department’s investigation determined that a leak from the manhole cover on a manufactured brine storage tank caused the brine to flow off the well pad, over an access road and into an unnamed tributary leading to Trout Run, a high quality stream. However, there is no evidence the brine reached Trout Run.

Range reported the leak occurred during a rainstorm, resulting in a mixture of brine solution and rainwater entering storm water swales, trenches and retention basins around the well pad. Due to the volume of the solution that leaked and mixed with heavy rainfall, the structures were overwhelmed, allowing the fluid to travel down to the unnamed tributary.

Range submitted a final closure report to DEP on June 21, 2013, which was approved by the department on July 9, 2013. The company removed 1,294 tons of contaminated soil from the impacted area, which was properly disposed at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County.

DEP staff documented existing contamination and remediation issues at the site in eight inspections between July 24, 2012 and March 28, 2013.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

There is no evidence that it reached the stream but we still want 75,000.00 dollars! Do they fine the state and townships for putting brine water and calcium on the dirt roads that are 10 feet away from streams? Or the salt trucks that put it down all winter long?

Anonymous said...

I agree 1:23...RI "DICK"ulous . It Really is about money!!! The Townships PAY [kick back???] for brine on the DIRT Roads and along the edge of Hard Roads for dust control and when it dries the dust is 100 times WORSE Not to mention the giant POT HOLES it makes... You GREEDY BUTTHOLES are going to ROT for SCAMMING the GAS/OIL Companies...So much other VERY TOXIC pollution going on but NO MONEY so You DO NOT CARE !!!

Anonymous said...

SORRY GASSHOLES (TROLLS). The brine & salt put on the roads is from shallow wells and it is not mixed with tons of toxic chemicals that sicken & kill animals and people and pollute waterways and aquifers. You may make your argument with those who are ignorant but not here. Brine from the Marcellus and Utica shale is not permitted to be used on roads for any reason. It must be properly disposed of because it contains dangerous chemicals and some of it even excessive levels of radiation. Take your BS somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

2:37 funny you didn't mention what the state puts on the roads in liquid form (pre treating before a storm). I have seen bags of what i presume to be some type of calcium at a local borough building and on the bag is said product of china. God knows what is in that mix. So what the state and townships do to the roads with calcium and salt doesn't hurt anything ? You should take your anti drilling BS somewhere else!

Anonymous said...

people need to stop acting like apologists for the industry. stop making excuses when they screw up.

Anonymous said...

I was told by the gas and our government that this stuff is harmless. Did they lie?