Thursday, June 8, 2023

EPA Invites Comments On Proposed Oil/Gas Waste Underground Injection Well In Fayette County; July 11 Virtual Public Hearing Set

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
published notice it is proposing to issue a permit for a Class II underground injection well in Nicholson Township, Fayette County to be operated by G2 STEM LLC of Fairfax, Virginia.

The proposed Orville Higinbotham #1 injection well is to be used for the disposal of produced fluids associated with oil and gas production. 

The draft permit will allow G2 STEM to inject produced fluids into the Balltown Sandstone Formation in the subsurface interval between approximately 3,407 feet to 3,417 feet below ground surface. 

If EPA issues the final permit to G2 STEM, it will remain in effect for ten (10) years.

July 11 Hearing

EPA has tentatively scheduled  a virtual public hearing using Microsoft Teams on July 11, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An in-person hearing will not take place.

-- Microsoft Teams Link: 

-- Telephone Call In: Call-in Number: (484) 352-3221, Conference ID: 138 108 152#

Public comments will be accepted until July 11.  Comments should be submitted to: Kevin Rowsey, Water Division (Mail Code: 3WD22), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3, Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103  or to: or call 215-814-5463

Click Here for the complete EPA public notice on this proposed action and for instructions on how to submit comments.

Click Here for a copy of the Draft Permit, Statement of Basis and other documents related to this EPA permit application.

For more information on this program, visit EPA Region 3’s Underground Injection Control Program webpage.

[Note: The PA Department of Environmental Protection also considers permit applications for underground injections wells.  Visit DEP’s Underground Injection Wells webpage for more information.]

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[Posted: June 8, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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