The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the addition of another gas-powered turbine compressor unit at Equitrans LP's Jefferson Compressor Station in Greene County, PA. The additional 12,913 hp of compression and appurtenant facilities will provide about 600 MMcf/d of additional capacity on Equitrans' Sunrise system to carry regional gas supply to local markets as well as to markets in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. The Equitrans Sunrise and Mainline systems are in northern West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Range Resources Corp. $75,000 for a 3,066 gallon brine water spill that occurred in 2012 at one of the company's well pads in Lycoming County in northeast Pennsylvania. Although Range reported the spill to the DEP, the agency said the company did not properly remediate it for nearly one year. Range said the spill was caused by a leak in a manhole cover that was overwhelmed by a rainstorm. The brine water flowed off the well pad, over an access road and into an unnamed tributary that led into the Trout Run stream in Lewis Township, the DEP said. Range has agreed to the penalty and will pay the fine, the agency said.
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) has added a Spanish-language effort to its campaign against a ballot initiative for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing. CRED's website (studyfracking.com) now has a Spanish-language version. The English version was launched last January by CRED to provide studies and reports drawn from published academic, scientific and government research to answer common questions about fracking.