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The Dimock Saga Continues – Judge Vacates Award

Posted in Energy
For over six years, individuals living in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, have been asserting claims against Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation related to alleged damage to their water supplies purportedly caused by two unconventional gas wells. On March 10, 2016, a jury rendered a verdict in favor of the individuals, awarding them $4.24 million. … Continue Reading

Drilling Water Withdrawal Impact “Negligible”

Posted in Energy
From the Akron Beacon Journal: Drillers in eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale have withdrawn nearly 136 million gallons of water from three reservoirs in 2014. The water was taken from Piedmont, Clendening and Seneca lakes, according to a new report from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. That volume — a 22.5 percent increase from 2013’s total… Continue Reading

Coast Guard Proposes Policy for Transporting Shale Gas Extraction Wastewater via Barge

Posted in Environment
On October 30, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard announced the availability of a proposed policy letter that would allow bulk transportation of shale gas extraction wastewater (SGEWW) via barge. To ensure that SGEWW is transported in compliance with the Coast Guard’s regulations governing ships and tank vessels carrying bulk liquid, liquefied gas, or compressed gas hazardous… Continue Reading

Ohio EPA Issues Renewal Industrial Storm Water General Permit with New Requirements

Posted in Environment
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has issued its final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Industrial Storm Water General Renewal Permit. This permit is significantly different than Ohio EPA’s previous industrial storm water general permit, which included broad, non-facility specific, permit requirements. This final renewal permit now mirrors U.S. EPA’s Multi-Sector Industrial Storm Water… Continue Reading

EPA Effluent Guidelines

Posted in Energy, Environment
On December 28, 2009, U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Availability of Preliminary 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (74 Fed. Reg. 68599) (see here) and asked for comments on both its preliminary 2010 Plan and on its 2009 review of existing effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards, including comments on industrial categories not currently regulated by effluent… Continue Reading

Delaware River Basin Interim Determination

Posted in Energy
The Delaware River Basin Commission has announced that natural gas production from shale formations located within the drainage area of the Basin’s Special Protection Waters may not commence without first applying for and obtaining Commission approval.  This, according to the Commission, will impact most of the shale formations in the Basin in which new horizontal drilling… Continue Reading

PA Water Violations Charged

Posted in Energy, Environment
Cabot Oil and Gas Company has been charged with violations of Pennsylvania water law in connection with drilling certain natural gas wells in Susquehanna County, according to this report from News Channel 34.  A more detailed report can be found here from the Wayne Independent.… Continue Reading

CWA Fines for Natural Gas Pipeline

Posted in Energy
According to this article in the Register-Guard, a Florida contractor has been ordered to pay $1.5 million in penalties due to violations of the Clean Water Act while constructing a 60-mile natural gas pipeline in 2003.  It goes on to note that penalties were imposed for dirt and sediment discharges to streams and wetlands and despite little evidence of serious environmental harm. … Continue Reading

E&P Water Issues

Posted in Energy, Environment
Concerns over the impact of hydraulic fracturing have been raised with increasing frequency over the last several years.  This article from Scientific American is just one example of the kind of reporting we are seeing, challenging the exemption for frac water contained in the SWDA and a producer’s community-right-to-know obligations.… Continue Reading