The following violation data comes from the report available to all at Pennsylvania's
Department of Environmental Protection site:
This is just the data for Bradford County, Pa for the 2011 year to date. The following data was compiled
from that report on December 17th, 2011.
Towanda 015-20221 defective casing - 3/3/2011 Chesapeake
Terry 015-20702 defective casing - 3/4/2011 Chesapeake
Wyalusing 015-20715 defective casing - 6/21/2011 Chesapeake
Wyalusing 015-20720 defective casing - 5/18/2011 Chesapeake
Standing Stone 015-20732 defective casing - 3/22/2011 Chesapeake
Troy 015-20759 improper casing - 3/22/2011 Chesapeake
Troy 015-20760 improper casing - 3/22/2011 Chesapeake
Wyalusing 015-20857 defective casing - 6/21/2011 Chesapeake
Orwell 015-20865 defective casing - 5/18/2011 Chesapeake
Orwell 015-20871 defective casing - 3/3/2011 Chesapeake
Wyalusing 015-20922 defective casing - 6/21/2011 Chesapeake
Wyalusing 015-20923 defective casing - 6/21/2011 Chesapeake
Wysox 015-21180 defective casing - 4/20/2011 Chesapeake
Orwell 015-21388 defective casing - 8/23/2011 Chesapeake
Sheshequin 015-21403 defective casing - 8/21/2011 Chesapeake
Overton 015-21512 defective casing - 7/29/2011 Chesapeake
Asylum 015-21341 defective casing - 4/14/2011 Chief
Asylum 015-21352 defective casing - 4/14/2011 Chief
Stevens 015-20837 defective casing - 5/11/2011 Southwestern
All violations listed as defective casing were leaking gas and none of them were reported to the DEP.
Additional violations include but are in no way limited to:
failure to properly store, transport, process, or dispose of residual waste - 13 violations.
discharge of pollutional material to waters of the Commonwealth - 26 violations.
Keep in mind the DEP is short staffed. A DEP policy adopted and published in 1989 requires a MINIMUM of 12
inspections at each well. http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/02...8/s78.903.html
Currently the DEP is only inspecting a fraction of current gas wells. Estimated between 1/4 and 1/3 of all
gas well are inspected, This means that currently between 66 and 75 percent of all gas well are not inspected.
Does this mean the number of violations would increase? I think any reasonable person would have to
agree it absolutely would. How much? That's anyone's guess. Mathematically speaking, I believe it would be
reasonable to expect 2 - 3 times the number of violations currently reported by the DEP.
I am not making a statement of any sort here just reporting the data that is freely available to all and asking the question:
Do you feel this is safe or not and why?