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DEP Fines Chief Oil & Gas $180,000 for Oil Spill, Waste Violations
The Department of Environmental Protection has announced that Chief Oil & Gas LLC has paid $180,000 in civil penalties for a hydraulic oil spill and for failing to properly maintain a drill pit at a Marcellus Shale natural gas well in Jefferson Township, Somerset County. A June 10, 2010 site inspection by DEP found evidence of the discharge of hydraulic oil onto the ground. Operators are required to notify DEP of any spills of that nature because the oil is classified as a residual waste. Chief did not notify DEP of the spill and was not permitted to discharge residual waste at the site. Chief Oil & Gas has since successfully remediated the site.
Catskill Citizens mails 158,000 fracking brochures
On June 30th, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy will mail the brochure “What Do You Know about Hydraulic Fracturing?” to every household in Delaware, Sullivan, and Ulster counties in New York. The mailing is scheduled to coincide with the release of the revised draft version of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation which may allow gas drillers to use a controversial technique known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which has never been permitted in the state before. Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of toxic fluid underground to release methane trapped in shale formations. It has already been linked to over 1,000 cases of water contamination in other parts of the country, including Pennsylvania. “Education is the key to a sane energy policy for our state” says Catskill Citizens member Bruce Ferguson. The project was made possible by a grant from the Civil Society Institute.