Friday, March 1, 2024

DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets March 12 On Cryptocurrency, Electronic Waste Recycling, ARCH 2 Hydrogen Hub

The
DEP Citizens Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on March 12 to hear presentations on a variety of topics including--

-- Cryptocurrency Mining: Charles McPherdran, EarthJusticeRead more here.

-- Electronics Waste Recycling: Sarah Alessio Shea, PA Resources CouncilRead more here.

-- ARCH 2 Western PA Hydrogen Hub Proposal: Suzy Baker, Stakeholder engagement, US DOE.  Read more here.

Click Here for the entire agenda.

The DEP agency update is scheduled to be given by Ian Harlow, Deputy Secretary for Administration.

Public Comment Period

Individuals interested in providing public comment during the meeting must sign up in advance by contacting Ian Irvin, Executive Director, by email to: iirvin@pa.gov

The Council encourages the submission of a written copy of public comments prior to the meeting so that they can be shared with CAC members in advance, posted to the CAC’s website under the relevant meeting date, and properly reflected in the meeting minutes. 

Join The Meeting

The meeting will be held in-person in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Click Here to join the meeting via Microsoft Teams or by telephone: 267-332-8737   Conference ID #: 498 186 012#

For more information and available handouts, visit the DEP Citizens Advisory Council webpage.  Questions should be directed to: Ian Irvin, Executive Director, iirvin@pa.gov.

[Posted: March 1, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

Frick Environmental Center In Pittsburgh Hosts March 14 Symposium On What Does Ecologically Responsible Land Stewardship Look Like?

The event is also known as, "The Wild Ones Western Pennsylvania Area Symposium."

This year's event promises to be a captivating journey into the world of sustainable practices, with a focus on native plants and their crucial role in ecological harmony.

Engage with local organizations' seasoned professionals as they answer the burning questions surrounding ecological land stewardship. 

Gain insights into the principles and practices that contribute to the well-being of our environment. 

Panelists include: 

-- Mark Brownlee from ArcheWild, 

-- Wil Taylor from Jennings Environmental Education Center

-- Chris Kubiak from Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

-- Jake Kristophel from Fallen Aspen Farm

-- Ashley Funk from Mountain Watershed Association; and 

-- John Creasy from Garfield Community Farm.

Pose your inquiries to our esteemed speakers during an interactive Q&A session. 

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a budding environmentalist, this is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of ecologically responsible land stewardship.

Sponsors include Ernst Conservation Seeds based in Meadville and Ecotone Renewables.

Click Here to register for this in-person event and for more information.

[Posted: March 1, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - March 2

The following DEP notices were published in the
March 2 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

-- On February 26, 2024, DEP notified CNX Midstream Operating Company LLC that its application for the Slickville fracking wastewater and natural gas pipelines project is considered withdrawn because CNX failed to provide the information needed to complete the application within 60 days and start its review.  Read more here.


-- Appeals have been filed by 40 individuals with the Environmental Hearing Board over DEP’s permit for the Catalyst Energy, Inc.’s oil and gas wastewater injection well near Cyclone in Keating Township, McKean County.  Read more here.


-- On February 28, 2024, the US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board allowa appeal by Protect PT and Three Rivers Waterkeeper of the Penneco Environmental Solutions, LLC oil and gas wastewater injection well in Plum Borough, Allegheny County to move forward.  The Board denied a motion by Penneco to dismiss the appeal because it was not filed in a timely manner.  Read more here.

Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups

-- Greylock Production, LLC - Wildcat Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP received a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with aluminum, barium, boron, chloride, iron, lithium, manganese, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc to the Statewide Health Standards for the pad located in Whiteley Twp., Greene County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1124)

-- Greylock Production , LLC - Coastal Greene Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP received a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with aluminum, barium, boron, chloride, iron, lithium, manganese, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc to the Statewide Health Standards on the pad located in Whiteley Twp., Greene County. (PA Bulletin, page 1124)

-- Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC - Laurel Hill Shale Gas Well Pad 2023 Release: DEP approved the Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with drilling wastewater to the Statewide Health and Background Standards at the pad located in Cogan House Twp., Lycoming County.   (PA Bulletin, page 1124)

-- Chesapeake Appalachia, Inc. - Parys Water Impoundment: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with diesel fuel to Statewide Health Standards at the site located in Tuscarora Twp., Bradford County.   (PA Bulletin, page 1124)

-- Chesapeake Appalachia, Inc. Sensinger Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with drilling wastewater to Statewide Health Standards at the site located in Franklin Twp., Bradford County. (PA Bulletin, page 1124)

-- Chesapeake Appalachia, Inc. Roeber Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with drilling wastewater and petroleum products to Statewide Health Standards at the pad located in Wyalusing Twp., Bradford County.   (PA Bulletin, page 1125)

-- Chesapeake Appalachia LLC - Deremer Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediating soil contaminated with production wastewater to the Statewide Health Standard on the pad located in Tuscarora Twp., Bradford County. (PA Bulletin, page 1125)

-- EQT ARO, LLC - DCNR Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated by drilling wastewater to the Statewide Health and Background Standards on a pad located in McIntyre Twp., Lycoming County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1125)

-- EQT Corporation - Hoosker Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with aluminum, barium, boron, chloride, lithium, manganese, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc to the Statewide Health Standards at the pad located in Aleppo Twp., Greene County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1125)

-- Diversified Production, LLC - Latrobe Brewing Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with aluminum, barium, boron, chloride, iron, lithium, manganese, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc to Statewide Health Standards at the pad located in Derry Twp., Westmoreland County. (PA Bulletin, page 1125)

-- CNX Gas Company, LLC - GH58 Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with aluminum, barium, boron, iron, lithium, manganese, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc to Statewide Health Standards at the pad located in Center Twp., Greene County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1125)

-- EQT Corporation - Rush Run Road Incident: DEP sent a technical deficiency letter on the  Remedial Investigation Report/ Cleanup Plan for remediation of soil contaminated with chloride to Statewide Health Standards at the location in Center Twp., Greene County. (PA Bulletin, page 1125)


2024 Act 2 Oil & Gas Facility Pollution Cleanups--

So far in 2024, DEP received or acted on 66 Act 2 Land Recycling notices related to 66 oil and gas facility site cleanups.


Residual Waste Permits

-- Highland Field Services, LLC - Seven Mile Minerals: DEP invites comments on a residual waste permit to replace a General Waste Permit WMGR123 to store and treat oil and gas wastewater located in Sergeant Twp., McKean County. Comments due in 60 days.  (PA Bulletin, page 1098)

-- Kelly Run Sanitation, Inc - Kelley Run Landfill Radiation Protection Plan: DEP invites comments on “minor modifications’ to the Radiation Plan for the facility located in Forward Twp., Allegheny County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1098)


NPDES Individual Stormwater Permits

-- Monroe Energy LLC - Trainer Refinery: DEP invites comments on the renewal of an existing individual NPDES stormwater permit impacting the Delaware River, Stoney Creek and Marcus Hook Creek located in Trainer Borough, Delaware County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1081)

-- Peoples Natural Gas Company, LLC - Gas Pipeline Replacement: DEP invites comments on proposed gas pipeline replacement impacting Lauren Run (High Quality) located in Jackson Twp., Cambria County.   (PA Bulletin, page 1092)


Air Quality Permits

-- Eastern Gas Transmission & Storage, Inc. - Centre Compressor Station: DEP invites comments on the renewal of an Air Quality Operating Permit covering multiple sources of air pollution at the facility located in Spring Twp., Centre County. (PA Bulletin, page 1099)

-- Coterra Energy, Inc. - Benedikt K Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP issued an Air Quality Plan approval for multiple sources of air pollution at the well pad located in Bridgewater Twp., Susquehanna County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1126

-- Peoples Natural Gas Company - Redbank Compressor Station: DEP issued a General Permit-5 Air Quality permit for multiple sources of air pollution at the site located in Redbank Twp., Clarion County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1126

-- OWS Energy, LLC - Wallace Compressor Station: DEP issued a General Permit-5 Air Quality permit for multiple sources of air pollution at the site located in French Creek Twp., Mercer County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1126

--Pin Oak Energy Partners, LLC - Foulk Compressor Station: DEP issued a General Permit-5 Air Quality permit making changes due to a change in ownership for the facility in Beaver Twp., Crawford County. (PA Bulletin, page 1126

-- XTO Energy, Inc. - Dreher Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP issued a General Permit-5 Air Quality permit for multiple sources of air pollution at the facility located in Summit Twp., Butler County. (PA Bulletin, page 1126

-- XTO Energy, Inc. - Kyne Shale Gas Well Pad:  DEP issued a  General Permit-5A Air Quality permit for multiple sources of air pollution at the pad located in Connoquenessing Twp., Butler County. (PA Bulletin, page 1127

-- XTO Energy, Inc. - Mountain Gathering Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP issued a General Permit-5A Air Quality permit for multiple sources of air pollution at the pad located in Penn Twp., Butler County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1127

-- Geopetro LLC - Patterson Compressor Station: DEP issued a General Permit-5 Air Quality permit renewal for multiple sources of air pollution at the facility located in Little Beaver Twp., Lawrence County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1127

-- Greylock Production LLC - Wildcat Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP issued a General Permit-5A Air Quality permit for multiple sources of air pollution at the facility located in Whitely Twp., Greene County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1127

-- Diversified Production LLC - Longhorn Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP issued a Air Quality Plan Approval permit for multiple sources of air pollution at the facility located in Horton Twp., Elk County. (PA Bulletin, page 1127


Chapter 105 Encroachment Permits

-- Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC - 16-Inch Water Pipeline: DEP invites comments on a Chapter 105 application for a water pipeline related to shale gas well drilling  impacting multiple streams and wetlands to be located in Herrick Twp, Bradford County. (PA Bulletin, page 1105)

-- Snyder Brothers, Inc - Sharisky Pipeline Project - 2- 20-Inch Gas Pipelines, 1- 18-Inch Water Pipeline: DEP invites comments on a Chapter 105 application for a multiple pipeline project and access road related to shale gas well drilling impacting multiple streams and wetlands located in Washington Twp. Armstrong County. (PA Bulletin, page 1106)

-- Coterra Energy, Inc. - Shale Gas Well Pad Expansion: DEP issued a Chapter 105 permit for the expansion of a well pad located in Gibson Twp., Susquehanna County. (PA Bulletin, page 1131)

-- Williams Field Services Company, LLC - Gas Pipeline Project: DEP issued a Chapter 105 permit for a pipeline project for the future Waste Management Fairless RNG site located in Falls Twp., Bucks County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1131)


Drinking Water System Bulk Loading

-- Equitrans Midstream Corporation - Clemente Bulk Water Loading System: DEP issued a permit for the Southwestern PA Water Authority system located in Morris Twp., Greene County.   (PA Bulletin, page 1120)


Erosion & Sedimentation Permits

-- EQT ARO, LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Larrys Creek (High Quality) and Flicks Run (Exceptional Value) located in Cogan House Twp., Lycoming County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1132)

-- SWN Production Co., LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Dubois Creek located in Franklin Twp., Susquehanna County. (PA Bulletin, page 1132)

-- Coterra Energy, Inc.: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Butler Creek located in Gibson Twp., Susquehanna County. (PA Bulletin, page 1132)

-- Pine Run Midstream, LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Little Buffalo Creek (High Quality) and Rough Run (High Quality) located in Winfield Twp., Butler County. (PA Bulletin, page 1132)

-- PA General Energy Company: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting East Branch Potato Creek (High Quality), Pigeon Hollow Run, Twenty Seven Branch (High Quality), Havens Run and North Creek (High Quality) located in Norwich Twp., McKean County. (PA Bulletin, page 1132)

-- PennEnergy Resources, LLC: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Little Connoquenessing Creek in Connoquenessing Twp., Butler County. (PA Bulletin, page 1132)

-- Snyder Brothers, Inc: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Long Run (High Quality), Patterson Creek (High Quality) and Glad Run located in Sugarcreek Twp., Armstrong County. (PA Bulletin, page 1133)

-- Snyder Brothers, Inc. - Stone House Well Pad: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Cowanshannock Creek located in Valley Twp., Armstrong County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1133)

-- Snyder Brothers, Inc. - Bowser Well Pad: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for a project impacting Glad Run located in  North Buffalo Twp., Armstrong County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1133)

-- EQM Gathering OPCO LLC - NITMS013 and NITMH013 Pipeline Project: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for the pipeline project impacting Smith Creek and Laurel Run located in Franklin Twp., Greene County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1133)

-- Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC - Cossel Ruth Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP issued a Chapter 102 permit for the well pad impacting Middle Wheeling Creek located in Donegal Borough, Washington County.  (PA Bulletin, page 1133)


Oil & Gas Well Drilling Permits [2.23.24]*

-- Last Week - Permits: DEP issued 4 conventional and 8 unconventional

-- Year To Date - Permits: DEP issued 32 conventional and 96 unconventional

-- Year To Date - Wells Drilled: 17 conventional and 63 unconventional

*Weekly Workload Report - 2.23.24

*DEP’s Weekly Oil & Gas Program Workload Report - Most Recent


DEP Issued These New Oil & Gas Permits *

*Click Here to find oil and gas well permits recently issued near you


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PA Oil & Gas Industry Public Notice Dashboards:

-- Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard- Feb. 24 to March 1 [PaEN]

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - March 2 [PaEN]

-- DEP Posted 64 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In March 2 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

Related Articles This Week - Gas:

-- DEP: Oil & Gas Regulatory Program Will Be In The Red By Fall; All Sectors Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program No Go; Update On Permitting Reform  [PaEN]

-- PA Utility Law Project March 15 Webinar On Impacts Of LNG Gas Exports On Energy Costs For Pennsylvania Families; LNG Export Capacity To Double, Even With Permit Pause  [PaEN] 

-- Bloomberg: Gov. Shapiro Calls On Biden To Keep Pause On Permits For New LNG Gas Export Facilities Short  [PaEN] 

-- 40 Individuals File Appeals, Most Handwritten, Of DEP’s Permit For Catalyst Energy Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well In McKean County  [PaEN]

-- EPA Appeals Board Allows Protect PT, Three Rivers Waterkeeper Appeal Of Penneco Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Permit In Allegheny County To Move Forward  [PaEN]

-- Incomplete Application For CNX Midstream Slickville Fracking Wastewater, Natural Gas Pipelines Project In Westmoreland County Withdrawn By DEP  [PaEN] 

-- PA Environmental Groups: New PUC Rules, DEP Guidance Victory For Increased Safety In Pipeline Construction And Operation  [PaEN]

-- DEP: Clay-Like Material Polluting Marsh Creek Is Not Bentonite From Mariner East Pipeline Construction, But Naturally Occuring; Sunoco Cleanup Operation Finished  [PaEN]

-- Chemstream Chemical Maker Agrees To Disclose Information About Its Proprietary Chemicals Used In Natural Gas Drilling  [PaEN]

-- IFO Reports 2023 PA Natural Gas Production Up 1.0% Over 2022, Thanks To Strong Q4 Production; Fewest New Wells Drilled In Last Decade  [PaEN]

NewsClips:

-- Spotlight PA: Federal Money Supercharged PA’s Plugging Of Dangerous Conventional Oil & Gas Wells, But Critics Want More Oversight

-- Post-Gazette Guest Essay: Oil & Gas Industry Isn’t Taking Responsibility For Their Wells - By Rep. Greg Vitali, Majority Chair, House Environmental Committee

-- Q/A With Senate Environmental Committee Majority Chair Gene Yaw

-- Q/A With House Environmental Committee Majority Chair Greg Vitali

-- The Allegheny Front - Reid Frazier: Permit Application For CNX Pipeline Project In Westmoreland County Withdrawn, Lacked Wildlife Permits

-- TribLive: Murrysville Officials OK Olympus Energy Project For 2 Fracking Water Pipelines, 2 Natural Gas Pipelines In Westmoreland 

-- PUC Reminder Of Opportunities To Comment On Proposed 18.7% Peoples Natural Gas Rate Increase 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Panel: Washington County State Of The Economy Explores Impacts Of ARCH2 Hydrogen Projects

-- Reuters: European Union Receives Bids For Nearly 3 Times The Volume Of Gas They Need 

-- Bloomberg: Qatar Has Eyes On More Long-Term Deals As It Bets Big On LNG Gas

-- Financial Times: Oil And Gas Industry Profits Triple Under Biden, Even As Industry Decries Him

[Posted: March 1, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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