River

SRBC Approves Water Withdrawals, Updates Comprehensive Plan

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) announced it has approved five water withdrawal permits for oil and gas operators in Pennsylvania and adopted a five-year update to the organization’s comprehensive plan, it said Thursday.

January 24, 2014

Guilty Plea Entered in Ohio Wastewater Dumping Case

Michael Guesman, an employee of Hardrock Excavating LLC, admitted Thursday that he dumped oilfield waste into a storm drain that empties into the Mahoning River near Youngstown, OH, a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) that prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to permanently revoke the operating permits for Hardrock and a second company also alleged to have violated the CWA.

September 3, 2013

Industry Brief

Vinita, OK-basedGrand River Dam Authority(GRDA) on Wednesday voted to proceed with plans to develop a 400 MW combined cycle natural gas-fired generation facility adjacent to its Coal Fired Complex in Chouteau, OK. An electric generation resource plan approved by the GRDA board would allow for an increase in both GRDA’s gas and wind generation capacity, to eventually replace the output from Unit 1 at the Coal Fired Complex, which has been in operation since 1982. About 45% of GRDA’s total generation capacity comes from two coal units at the complex; the addition of the approved gas and wind generation would drive that figure down to about 17%. Gas generation will increase to 45% of total capacity from the current 25%, GRDA said.

August 19, 2013

Delaware Basin Chairman Addresses Growing Calls For Action

Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Chairman Michele Sierkerka said the organization is working to advance natural gas regulations in the basin, with “thousands of hours” logged so far by its staff and those of its member states on the process since November 2011.

July 16, 2013

Pennsylvania Landowners Threaten DRBC Lawsuit

A coalition of landowners in Wayne County, PA, is threatening to file a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) over a continuing delay in either enacting natural gas regulations in the basin or deferring regulation to its four member states (see related story).

July 8, 2013

Pennsylvania Landowner’s Group Threatens to Sue DRBC

A coalition of landowners in Wayne County, PA, is threatening to file a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) over a continuing delay in either enacting natural gas regulations in the basin or deferring regulation to its four member states.

July 8, 2013

Pennsylvania Governor Urges DRBC Action to Lift Moratorium

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is urging the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to proceed with a proposal to revise water quality regulations, a move that could ultimately open the basin to expanded Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

July 5, 2013

Ohio Regulators Shut Down Brine Hauler After Illegal Dumping

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has ordered Harch Environmental Resources Inc., a brine waste hauler, to cease operations in the state after finding evidence that the company illegally dumped oilfield waste at a farm in Belmont County. Regulators also took aim at Gulfport Energy Corp., which had contracted with the hauler.

June 7, 2013
Warren Resources Plans 25 Coalbed Methane Wells in Wyoming

Warren Resources Plans 25 Coalbed Methane Wells in Wyoming

Warren Resources Inc. plans to drill 25 new coalbed methane (CBM) wells in the Spyglass Hill Unit in Wyoming’s Washakie Basin, a sub-basin of the Greater Green River Basin, the New York City-based exploration and production company said.

May 22, 2013

Wyoming Gov. Outlines Plans for Baseline Water Tests

In addition to briefing state lawmakers Wednesday on the governor’s newly released energy policy, an adviser to Gov. Matt Mead offered a joint state legislative committee a glimpse at the governor’s proposed baseline water testing rule that would apply to oil and natural gas drillers.

May 17, 2013