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1,400-Plus Gas Drilling Violations

Forty-three Marcellus Shale natural gas companies committed 1,435 violations in the previous two and a half years wrote the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association in a 2010 report. The report, citing Department of Environmental Protection records that were also provided to the legislature, shows violations of the Clean Streams Law, poor wastewater impoundment construction, inadequate plans to control erosion, and toxic chemicals being dumped onto the ground, or into streams. In response to the findings, DEP Secretary John Hanger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “There has been too many leaks, too many spills, too many instances of gas migrating to water supplies. The industry on the whole needs to do a better job.” The high number of violations illustrates how diligently DEP is overseeing the industry, Hanger added. Among those companies with the most violations were Chief Oil and Gas, JW Operating, and Citrus. Chief was among those with the highest average number of violations per well in Pennsylvania with 2.4 per well and a total of 109 violations. JW Operating and Citrus drilled just one and two wells, respectively, but had more violations than Anadarko which drilled 91 wells and TW Phillips that drilled 125 wells.

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