Protecting the Allegheny

Clara Township Injection Well - Current Status

Roulette Oil and Gas LLC was incorporated in 2011. This is a company whose owners have a track record of environmental violations and abandoned wells with the DEP.

Plans for the Clara Injection Well were announced in September 2020.

Roulette Oil and Gas LLC intended to convert an active gas well to a class ll-D injection well, for residual waste from oil and gas, potentially threatening contamination of local groundwater, which is part of the Upper Allegheny Watershed.

Residual waste is widely known to be radioactive and to contain heavy metals.

Although the DEP initially refused to allow comment, with the urging of all concerned a meeting was eventually held in Coudersport to allow public comment. The meeting was standing room only.

Township supervisors Steve Mehl and Bob Wylie, as well as residents and environmental advocates, voiced their concerns over potential contamination and asked that the DEP reject the application for the injection well permit.

On Thursday, September 14th it was announced that Roulette Oil and Gas was abandoning the permit and plans to convert the abandoned well in Clara Township into an injection well.

The EPA is currently soliciting comments on a Class II-D draft Underground Injection Well Permit located in Clara Twp., Potter County,Pennsylvania.

UPDATE:  The EPA Extended the Deadline to Submit Comments for the Proposed Clara Twp Injection Well

An additional 32 days extension will be granted to allow for sufficient time for the public to comment on the proposed permit.

EPA will extend the public comment period for Roulette Oil & Gas UIC well (PAS2D050BPOT) for an additional 32-days until April 5, 2021. This information will be updated on the website and information will be available online till this date for review.

Send your concerns to the EPA by April 5, 2021.


Let the EPA know if you are concerned about:

  • The possibility of surface spills and runoff into nearby streams and rivers.
  • The potential for diminished property values.
  • Compensation for diminished property values.
  • The integrity of the well casing and it’s potential for failure.
  • The potential for increased truck traffic.
  • The inability of state regulators to provide adequate oversight
  • The damage to the local roads.
  • The Increased noise.
  • The origin of the waste to be injected.
  • The proximity to high value streams.
  • The local emergency response capabilities.
  • Alternative waste disposal options.
  • The low bond required by the operator that incentivizes abandonment over reclamation.
  • The operator’s history of compliance with DEP’s waste& production reporting requirements.

Please email public comments on the draft UIC permit to the attention of: Kevin Rowsey, Source Water & UIC Section, U.S. EPA Region 3

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subject line: PAS2D050BPOT


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