The Susquehanna River Basin Commission today initiated enforcement action against Ohio-based Belden & Blake Corporation, a natural gas drilling company, for using water without approval from SRBC to hydraulically facture the Marcellus shale formation in Smithfield Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. SRBC also ordered the company to immediately stop consumptively using water in any projects targeting the Marcellus or Utica shale formations.
The violation occurred when Belden & Blake Corporation used 600,000 gallons of water this February to target the Marcellus formation in an existing natural gas well it drilled in 1995 into the Oriskany formation. The company recompleted the well to target the Marcellus formation without SRBC approval. Belden & Blake Corporation has 15 days to respond to SRBC. (click here for full announcement.)