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Gas company hit with $150,000 fine for violations

June 4, 2013

A natural gas company was fined $150,000 Monday by the state Department of Environmental Protection for discharge violations during construction of a pipeline in four Lycoming County townships durin......

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Jun-04-13 10:12 AM

150K? What a waste! It likely cost more to investigate. This is just a way for the DEP to "prove" they are doing their job, all the while they give away our most precious resources. Keep it Wild!

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Jun-04-13 9:39 AM

This is chump change for the gas industry..shut a company down and that will speak way louder than these little fines DEP is handing out. I understand why DEP is doing this, they want us to believe that DEP is not a puppet being controlled by the gas industry, however, I am not buying it.

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Jun-04-13 8:51 AM

"Geez MrShaman, I actually agree with you!" - CarlHiller


Relatively painless, right?

Whether the drilling-company thought they were getting-away-with-something....or, they'd merely procrastinated (i.e. "Oh, we'll take care of that, later."), they had to have known what "the rules" were.

They HAD-to-have-known how vigilant a LOT of (local) people are, regarding drilling, properly. They were, pretty-much, fined for their laziness.

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Jun-04-13 8:41 AM

"Bentonite is a natural occurring clay." - ToTEXASfromPA


...That expands & contracts, a LOT!!

I saw an apartment-building (in North Boulder) that's foundation was cracking, after having been built on real-estate with Bentonite, throughout.

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Jun-04-13 8:32 AM

Geez MrShaman, I actually agree with you! Should have been a fine in the millions. While bentonite is safe for aquatic life and is used in pond construction, any spill safe or dangerous should be reported immediately and when not must be dealt with severely. This time it may have been harmless, next time it may ruin the waters for years to come.

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Jun-04-13 7:28 AM

I liked Pennsylvania a lot more before all the trees got here... Pipelines are an attractive way to increase my ability to see further into the scary woods. I wish the right-of-ways were 10 times wider and paved with asphalt.

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Jun-04-13 7:13 AM

They were fined because the company FAILED to report the spill.

After they were given the green light to continue more inspections found more violations of the State's Clean Streams Act and****Safety and Encroachments Acts.

If you search this company they are known for not reporting "accidents".

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Jun-04-13 6:54 AM

Please spare us the excuses for the Gas Lines. Do you really think we're stupid? Humans get politics, get how it works, get how coverups for the benefit of financial gains work. I'm not saying this is a coverup, I'm not saying there is a conspiracy here, what I'm saying is, $150,000 IS pocket change especially when it's meant to encourage Industries to conduct business properly.

You're naive if you think there aren't ANY risks to a Gas Industry drilling on your land, or if you think it's completely 'healthy' for the environment and the soil. You know better than that.

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Jun-04-13 6:06 AM

Bentonite is a natural occurring clay.

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Jun-04-13 5:21 AM

"Considering the general evidence mentioned in this article, $150,000 fine seems excessive in my opinion." - Tedeaux


I don't know. What does it CO$T, to investigate....

"...had been discharged to the creek from a stream boring operation, and the company failed to report the spill to department in a timely manner..."

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Jun-04-13 5:03 AM

Bentonite is basically a freshwater additive that increases the viscoscity of drilling fluid. It's used while drilling through sandy zones to keep the hole from caving in on the drill string and to "sweep" the hole clean with a thick fluid. Bentonite is also used down South to plug holes in fishing ponds or "tanks" to act as a viscous barrier. I don't think bentonite is toxic to man nor beast if ingested. As far as the muddy run off from these boring sites go, its the same mud and water that ends up in the same stream after a large rain storm. Considering the general evidence mentioned in this article, $150,000 fine seems excessive in my opinion. How much should we fine the State of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for sodium chloride discharges to the streams and rivers after they dump thousands of tons of salt on the roads and highways in the wintertime?

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