Gas at a glance
The New York City Bar Association is an organization of over 23,000 lawyers and judges. Its committees on Environmental Law and on Land Use Planning and Zoning, which deliberate on legal and policy issues relating to the environment and to land use planning and zoning, respectively, have submitted comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to convey the Association’s position regarding local law issues in the Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale. See the comments at www2.nycbar.org/pdf/report/uploads/20072221-CommenttoRevisedDraftSupplementalGenericEnvironmentalImpactStatementonOilGasandSolutionMiningRegulation.pdf.
EOG Resources pays $367,335 in settlements for four pollution events
In its fourth settlement in 2011, EOG Resources, a Houston, TX drilling company, has agreed to pay a $93,710 settlement to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) as a result of the company’s pollution of Clearfield County’s Little Laurel Run in late 2010. Investigations determined that the substances the company released were deleterious, destructive or poisonous to fish. The substances first entered Little Laurel Run on December 13, 2010, and affected the creek through March 22, 2011. EOG also agreed to pay an additional $65,000 towards an environmental project of the PFBC’s choosing in the Laurel Run watershed. In April, the company settled charges involving three separate pollution incidents in Clearfield County.
Between August 25 and October 30, 2009, EOG allowed fluid from a pit to enter Alex Branch and its tributaries. EOG paid $99,125 for this incident. On Oct. 10 and 11, 2009, EOG allowed well wash fluid containing surfactant to enter Alex Branch and its tributaries. EOG paid $10,000 for this incident. Between June 3 through August 16, 2010, EOG allowed gas and a mixture of fresh water and well flowback water to flow into Little Laurel Run. EOG paid $99,500 for this incident. The PFBC hosts a toll-free hotline for the public to report suspected pollution incidents or fish kills (855/347-4545).