Friday, March 11, 2016

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Fines Cabot Oil & Gas $11,000

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Thursday approved a compliance settlement agreement with Cabot Oil & Gas fining the company $11,000 for undertaking projects subject to SRBC approval without that approval.
SRBC also approved settlement agreements with the King Valley Golf Course for $10,000 for consumptively using water in excess of SRBC’s regulatory threshold and Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. for $9,000 for failing to notify SRBC of the change in ownership of the Beech Mountain System.
SRBC also approved 31 water withdrawal applications, including 1 into-basin diversion, and tabled 1 application.
SRBC’s voting commissioners and alternates were :  Kelly Heffner, SRBC Chair and Deputy Secretary for Water Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Virginia Kearney, SRBC Vice Chair and Deputy Director, Water Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment; Col. Edward Chamberlayne, Commander and District Engineer, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Kenneth Lynch, Director, Region 7, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
SRBC staff also reported on delegated settlements with the following project sponsors, pursuant to SRBC Resolution No. 2014-15:
-- Dauphin County General Authority—Highlands Golf Course, in the amount of $2,000; and
-- Talisman Energy USA, Inc. and Mountain Energy Services, Inc., in the amount of $1,000 each.
Click Here for the full announcement and for a list of water withdrawal applications considered at the meeting.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming meetings, visit the Susquehanna River Basin Commission website.

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