The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


March 6, 2014

Drilling report yields violations, permits

MERCER COUNTY — Nine violations and more than a dozen permits for gas and oil drilling came out of a roundup of records that detail drilling activities over the past month in Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties.

The information came from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website and SkyTruth, a nonprofit that  issues free alerts to subscribers via email that list drilling activities and violations.

DEP issued two violations in February in Mercer County. An environmental, health and safety violation was issued to Stryker Energy LLC on Feb. 11 for failure to plug the well upon abandoning it at a drill site in West Salem Township.

An administrative violation was issued to Hilcorp Energy Co. on Feb. 6 for failure to notify DEP 24 hours prior to cementing casing strings, pressure testing of production casing, stimulation of well or plugging of an unconventional well at a drill site in Jefferson Township.

DEP issued one gas permit in February in Mercer County, to Chevron Appalachia LLC in Jackson Township on the Bowser property.

There were no records indicating new drilling had started in Mercer County in February.

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