Wednesday, January 11, 2023

EPA Invites Comments On Draft Oil & Gas Waste Injection Well Permit In Young Twp., Jefferson County; Feb. 13 Virtual Hearing Tentatively Set

On January 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Mid-Atlantic Region, announced the issuance of a
draft permit to G2 STEM of Fairfax, VA which authorizes the construction and operation of a UIC Class IID disposal injection well, David A Weaver well, located near Walston, Young Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.  

EPA has tentatively scheduled a virtual public hearing using Microsoft Teams or use the Call-in Number:(484) 352-3221, Conference ID: 587 505 800# on February 13, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  An in-person hearing will not take place. 

There is no need to register in advance for the virtual hearing. Attendees may utilize MS Teams by calling via telephone or entering the URL into a web browser. 

Requests to hold this public hearing must be received via email or telephone to EPA by February 7, 2023. When requesting a public hearing, please state the nature of the issues you propose to raise. 

EPA expressly reserves the right to cancel this hearing unless a significant degree of public interest is evidenced by February 7, 2023.

Comments on the draft permit [Number PAS2D060BJEF] may be directed 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 215-814-5463.

The deadline for comments is February 14.

If you would like to be added to a general mailing list for notice of any UIC permitting actions in EPA Region 3 jurisdictions (Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.), please notify EPA by sending an email to:  

Please specify if you are interested in permitting actions in all three jurisdictions or only in particular jurisdiction(s).

Click Here for more information on this permit.

PA DEP Public Notice Dashboards:

-- Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Jan. 7 to 13  [PaEN]

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - Jan. 14  [PaEN]

-- DEP Posted 46 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In Jan. 14 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

PA Oil & Gas Industry Compliance Reports:

-- PA Oil & Gas Industry Has Record Year: Cost, Criminal Convictions Up; $3.1 Million In Penalties Collected; Record Number Of Violations Issued; Major Compliance Issues Uncovered; Evidence Of Health Impacts Mounts

-- DEP Report Finds: Conventional Oil & Gas Drillers Routinely Abandon Wells; Fail To Report How Millions Of Gallons Of Waste Is Disposed; And Non-Compliance Is An ‘Acceptable Norm’

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-- EPA Invites Comments On Draft Oil & Gas Waste Injection Well Permit In Young Twp., Jefferson County; Feb. 13 Virtual Hearing Tentatively Set  [PaEN]

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[Posted: January 11, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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