Gas news at a glance
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has released new guidelines on the management of oil and gas operations on State Forest Lands as part of a presentation before the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. The document starts with an overall set of principles DCNR will use in management operations. It states that the Bureau of Forestry will promote forest sustainability for managing the social and ecological impacts of oil and gas development according to lease agreements and the rights afforded to private owners of subsurface oil and gas interests. The guidelines cover general topics like public safety, ecosystem and multiple-resource management and record-keeping and right-to-know issues. Best management practices covering seismic surveys, well pad sites, water acquisition, transport and storage, water disposal, roads, pipelines, compressor stations vegetation management, invasive plants, restoration and recreation are addressed. The document also spells out the review and approval process, sets guidelines for routine field inspections and reporting and responding to emergency and pollution incidents. A copy of the document is available at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd1/groups/public/documents/document/dcn...
Texas Company fined for polluting creeks In Clearfield County
EOG Resources, Inc. has paid a total of $208,625 in three settlements in lieu of fines and civil damages to the PA Fish and Boat Commission as a result of the company’s pollution of Clearfield County’s Alex Branch and Little Laurel Run in 2009 and 2010. EOG agreed to pay the settlements following investigations by PFBC waterways conservation officers and the Department of Environmental Protection which determined that the substances the company released were deleterious, destructive or poisonous to fish. The settlements involved three separate pollution incidents. The PFBC recently introduced a new toll-free hotline for the public to report suspected pollution incidents or fish kills (855/FISH-KIL).