The DEP Needs Your Help!
Pennsylvania is poised to receive the first installment of the Federal Infrastructure Investment Act Funding which is being administered by the Department of Interior. These funds are intended to plug orphan wells. Pennsylvania recently sent the DOI a list of wells to plug with the initial grant. However according to the DEP's Orphan Well Plugging Program this list was compiled over 30 years ago!
Volunteers are needed to visit these wells, obtain GPS coordinates and photographs because many of the wells have not been inspected by regulators in many years. If you're interested in volunteering please visit the following links for approximate locations of the wells. According to the DEP the recorded locations could be as much as 2000' from the actual location. Visit the map here to see wells near you!
Interior Department Releases Implementation Guidance to States on Infrastructure Law Efforts to Address Legacy Pollution
Grant criteria reflects swift progress on efforts to plug orphan wells
WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today released initial guidance for states interested in applying for federal grants that will fund the proper closure and cleanup of orphaned oil and gas wells and well sites, a key investment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law includes $4.7 billion for orphaned well site plugging, remediation, and restoration activities. Separate guidance will be shared with Tribes for additional targeted resources, as well as notices for nation-to-nation consultation, in the coming weeks.
“The Interior Department is committed to helping working families, often in rural and Tribal communities, who face hazardous pollution, toxic water levels, and land subsidence both during energy development and long after extractive companies have moved on,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's historic investments will help revitalize these local economies and support jobs, all while addressing environmental impacts from these legacy developments.” Read more
The Invisible Hand
Clara Township, Potter County, PA Proposed Injection Well Action Alert &Timeline
Plans have been made to hold an informational meeting to discuss a proposal to convert a conventional oil well ( in the photo above) in the Allegheny River watershed into a class II injection well. Class II injection wells are used to dispose of waste fluids associated with oil and natural gas production.
The Clara Township supervisors, local residents and members of local environmental advocacy organizations have scheduled a meeting for January 27 at 7:00pm!
(Clara Township Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clara-Township-Potter-County-Pennsylvania/104051812965315) (Contact Clara Township 814-698-2268)
They have been gathering information on the proposed waste disposal well. Their hope is to provide the information they gathered to the public and also listen to residents’ concerns so they may convey their concerns to the permitting authorities. Applications for this project are on file and are pending approval by both the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the (federal) Environmental Protection Agency.
On August 17, 2020 Roulette Oil & Gas LLC applied to the EPA for authorization to convert a conventional well into a Class II injection well in Clara Twp., Potter County, PA. (The authorization form is located here in Google Docs here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zgxfMx6_9ObUNdcvHv8Zx1F5lmpHRIBq/view?usp=sharing)
According to the PA Oil and Gas Map the location of the proposed injection well is in the Clara Oil and Gas Field near the Pleasant Valley, Clara Township border at Latitude DD: 41.894586 Longitude DD: -78.148143
You can see the location on Google Maps here: https://goo.gl/maps/GiZXjinNVtKgp12z6
Is Drilling and Fracking Waste on Your Sidewalk or in Your Pool?
They’ve spread it on roads. They’ve irrigated almond farms and fruit groves with it. The oil and gas industry’s liquid waste has been used for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes over the years. But never has the “beneficial use” of this waste stream been so grossly applied, or so close to home, as it is today.
Save the Allegheny Blog
- The EPA Extended the Deadline to Submit Comments for the Proposed Clara Twp Injection Well Wednesday, 03 March 2021
- Seeking Public Comments For Injection Well Proposal Friday, 26 February 2021
- Waste Water Injection Well Panel Discussion Jan. 28, 2021 Tuesday, 26 January 2021
- Case Study on Methane Migration and Changes in Aquifer Properties Thursday, 21 March 2019
- Bless the Allegheny Friday, March 22, 2019 5:30PM Thursday, 21 March 2019
- FERC, PIPELINE Meeting March 20, 2019 in Port Allegany Wednesday, 20 March 2019
- They Speak for the Trees and All of Us Monday, 04 February 2019
- Defend Ohi:yo' Meeting September 10 Friday, 07 September 2018
- What's So “Experimental” About Epiphany's Tech Anyways? Sunday, 08 April 2018
- Eagles on the Allegheny/Ohi:yo' River Sunday, 18 March 2018