Shale Play

Natural Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania

Violations

Showing 4,006 violations on 7,788 active wells (since Jan. 2009).

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Description Type Total Violations Total Wells
Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste. Environmental Health and Safety 490 401
O&G Act 223-General. Used only when a specific O&G Act code cannot be used Administrative 349 183
Failure to minimize accelerated erosion, implement E&S plan, maintain E&S controls. Failure to stabilize site until total site restoration under OGA Sec 206(c)(d) Environmental Health and Safety 315 251
Failure to adopt pollution prevention measures required or prescribed by DEP by handling materials that create a danger of pollution. Environmental Health and Safety 292 246
Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth. Environmental Health and Safety 243 207
Pit and tanks not constructed with sufficient capacity to contain pollutional substances. Administrative 222 193
Failure to report defective, insufficient, or improperly cemented casing w/in 24 hrs or submit plan to correct w/in 30 days Administrative 175 158
Discharge of pollultional material to waters of Commonwealth. Environmental Health and Safety 155 125
Clean Streams Law-General. Used only when a specific CLS code cannot be used Administrative 149 121
Failure to post permit number, operator name, address, telephone number in a conspicuous manner at the site during drilling Administrative 135 121
Failure to maintain 2' freeboard in an impoundment Administrative 107 82
Failure to submit well record within 30 days of completion of drilling Administrative 100 98
Failure to notify DEP of pollution incident. No phone call made forthwith Administrative 87 80
Impoundment not structurally sound, impermeable, 3rd party protected, greater than 20" of seasonal high ground water table Administrative 79 69
E&S Plan not adequate Administrative 70 64
Improperly lined pit Administrative 70 61
Failure to design, implement or maintain BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation. Administrative 69 53
Failure to post pit approval number Administrative 64 63
Failure to install, in a permanent manner, the permit number on a completed well Administrative 63 58
Failure to plug a well upon abandonment Administrative 61 58
Failure to properly install the permit number, issued by the department, on a completed well. Administrative 57 55
There is a potential for polluting substance(s) reaching Waters of the Commonwealth and may require a permit. Environmental Health and Safety 56 50
Failure to take all necessary measures to prevent spill. Inadequate diking, potential pollution Environmental Health and Safety 56 51
No E&S plan developed, plan not on site Administrative 51 46
Stream discharge of IW, includes drill cuttings, oil, brine and/or silt Environmental Health and Safety 48 40
Improper casing to protect fresh groundwater Administrative 48 47
Impoundment not structurally sound, impermeable, 3rd party protected. Administrative 47 39
Failure to achieve permanent stabilization of earth disturbance activity. Administrative 44 40
Drillers Log not on site Administrative 41 40
Failure to restore well site within nine months after completion of drilling, failure to remove all pits, drilling supplies and equipment not needed for production. Administrative 40 38
Administrative Code-General Administrative 39 33
Failure to notify DEP, landowner, political subdivision, or coal owner 24 hrs prior to commencement of drilling Administrative 36 36
Inadequate, insufficient, and/or improperly installed cement Environmental Health and Safety 34 31
Industrial waste was discharged without permit. Environmental Health and Safety 34 29
Failure to maintain 2 ' of freeboard in an impoundment. Administrative 32 27
Discharge of industrial waste to waters of Commonwealth without a permit. Environmental Health and Safety 31 27
Operator shall prevent gas and other fluids from lower formations from entering fresh groundwater. Environmental Health and Safety 30 23
Rat hole not filled Environmental Health and Safety 29 28
There is a potential for polluting substance(s) reaching Waters of the Commonwealth and may require a permit Environmental Health and Safety 29 24
Failure to submit completion report within 30 days of completion of well Administrative 27 26
Failure to restore site w/in 9 months of completion of drilling or plugging Environmental Health and Safety 26 26
Discharge of pollultional material to waters of Commonwealth. Environmental Health and Safety 25 21
Encroachment without Permit or Waiver Environmental Health and Safety 24 21
Failure to meet requirements of permit, rules and regulations, or order of DEP. Environmental Health and Safety 23 23
Failure to implement and maintain BMPs in accordance with Chapter 102. Administrative 23 23
Residual Waste is mismanaged. Environmental Health and Safety 22 21
No Control and Disposal/PPC plan or failure to implement PPC plan Administrative 21 19
Failure to comply with terms and conditions of permit Environmental Health and Safety 20 19
Failure to construct properly plug, frac, brine pits Administrative 18 16
Improper encapsulation of waste Administrative 17 15
Discharge of pollultional material to waters of Commonwealth. Environmental Health and Safety 17 15
Failure to design and construct unconventional well site to prevent spills to the ground surface and off well site. Environmental Health and Safety 17 17
Oil or gas well drilled, altered or operated not in accordance with a permit or the regulations. Administrative 17 14
Failure to case and cement properly through storage reservoir or storage horizon Administrative 15 15
Failure of storage operator to maintain and/or submit required information, such as maps, well records, integrity testing informatio, pressure data Administrative 15 14
Failure to report release of substance threatening or causing pollution Administrative 13 13
Failure to case and cement to prevent migrations into fresh groundwater Environmental Health and Safety 13 11
Failure to submit well record / completion report. Administrative 12 12
Failure to have permit on site during drilling Environmental Health and Safety 12 12
Excessive casing seat pressure Administrative 12 12
Failure to restore site within 30 days of permit expiration when well not drilled Environmental Health and Safety 11 11
Failure to implement Special Protection BMPs for HQ or EV stream. Administrative 10 10
Tophole water discharged improperly Administrative 9 9
Person constructed, operated, maintained, modified, enlarged or abandoned a water obstruction or encroachment but failed to obtain Chapter 105 permit. Environmental Health and Safety 9 9
Encroachment-General Administrative 9 9
Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it. Environmental Health and Safety 9 9
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. Administrative 9 9
Improper coal protective casing and cementing procedures Administrative 9 9
Polluting substance(s) allowed to discharge into Waters of the Commonwealth. Environmental Health and Safety 8 8
Failure to submit or submitting an inadequate well site restoration report within 60 days of restoration of the well site Administrative 8 8
Polluting substance(s) allowed to discharge into Waters of the Commonwealth Environmental Health and Safety 8 7
Drilling w/in 100 ft of surface water or wetland w/o variance Administrative 8 8
Failure to affix, in a permanent manner, a registration number on a well within 60 days of registration Administrative 7 7
Failure to notify DEP or surface landowner or local political subdivision 24 hours prior to commencement of drilling. Failure to electronically notify DEP. Failure to re-notify DEP. Administrative 7 6
Site conditions present a potential for pollution to waters of the Commonwealth. Environmental Health and Safety 7 7
Hazardous well venting Environmental Health and Safety 6 5
Pollution incident was not reported to DEP. Environmental Health and Safety 5 4
Failure to maintain control of anticipated gas storage reservoir pressures while drilling through reservoir or protective area Administrative 4 4
Failure to take measures to mitigate spill impact and/or clean up w/in 15 days Environmental Health and Safety 4 4
Failure to report a reportable release of brine to DEP within 2 hours. Administrative 4 4
Failure to obtain an approved water management plan for withdrawing or using water during the drilling or hydraulic fracture stimulation of an unconventional well. Environmental Health and Safety 4 4
Failure to restore a water supply affected by pollution or diminution Environmental Health and Safety 4 4
Drilling, altering, or operating a well without a permit Administrative 4 3
Untreated or inadequately treated sewage was discharged Environmental Health and Safety 3 1
Failure to provide amended plat to surface landowner within 10 days of drilling a skidded well. Administrative 3 2
Improper pit disposal of drill cuttings from above the casing seat Administrative 3 3
Failure to notify DEP prior to skidding a well. Administrative 3 2
Failure to fill all pits used to contain produced fluids or industrial wastes and remove unnecessary drilling supplies/equipment not needed for production within 9 months from completion of drilling of well. Environmental Health and Safety 3 3
Discharge of brine and other fluids on or into the ground or into the waters of the Commonwealth without a permit. Environmental Health and Safety 3 3
Potential to pollute waters of the Commonwealth Environmental Health and Safety 3 3
Failure to restore site w/in 9 months of plugging well Environmental Health and Safety 3 3
Permittee has failed to perform work according to specifications as approved. Environmental Health and Safety 2 2
Adequate impoundment freeboard was not maintained. Environmental Health and Safety 2 2
Conservation well located less than 330' from lease or unit line without waiver. Administrative 2 2
Failure to comply w/ order, CO&A, hindrance to personnel, misrepresentation under OGA Administrative 2 2
Insufficent casing, BOP, cement or wait on cement to prevent waste from conservation well. Environmental Health and Safety 2 2
Drilling w/in 200 ft of building or water well w/o variance Administrative 2 2
Inadequate or improperly installed BOP, other safety devices, or no certified BOP operator Environmental Health and Safety 2 1
Failure to report receipt of notice from a landowner, water purveyor or affected person that a water supply has been affected by pollution or diminution, to the Department within 24 hours of receiving the notice. Environmental Health and Safety 2 2
Failure to submit annual production report Administrative 2 2
Diameter of bore hole not 1 inch greater than casing/casing collar diameter Administrative 2 1
Failure to install, in a permanent manner, the permit number on a completed well. Administrative 2 2
Failure to submit annual conventional well production report. Administrative 2 2
Failure to use containment systems for (1) drilling mud, (2) hydraulic oil, (3) diesel fuel, (4) drilling mud additives, (5) hydraulic fracturing additives, (6) hydraulic fracturing flowback. Environmental Health and Safety 2 2
Conducting a drilling or production activity that is contrary to the 2012 Oil and Gas Act, 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78, DEP order, or a term or condition of the well permit. Environmental Health and Safety 2 2
Failure to post the well permit number and the operator's name, address and phone number at the well site during construction of the access road, site preparation and during drilling, operating or alteration of well. Administrative 2 2
Failure to restore or replace a public or private water supply affected by a well operator. Environmental Health and Safety 2 1
Unlawful Management of RSW Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Drilling with an expired permit Administrative 1 1
Inadequate containment of oil tank Administrative 1 1
Industrial waste was discharged without a permit Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to prevent sediment or other pollutant discharge into waters of the Commonwealth. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to properly install the permit number, issued by the department, on a completed well. Administrative 1 1
Person or municipality operates a facility without a permit. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Discharge of pollutants from a point source into surface waters without NPDES permit. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to prevent migration of gas or fluids into sources of fresh water causing pollution or diminution. Failure to properly case and cement well through a fresh water-bearing strata in regulated manner or depth. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to properly maintain transportation/disposal records for unconventional well wastewater. Failure to make such records available upon request. Administrative 1 1
Insufficient casing strength, thickness, and installation equipment Administrative 1 1
Person or municipality has not performed waste analysis or no copy submitted to the Department. Administrative 1 1
Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to obtain pit approval/permit Administrative 1 1
Failure to use casing of sufficient strength and other safety devices to prevent blowouts, explosions and fires. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to provide free and unrestricted access. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Drilling or altering a well without a well permit or no copy of the well permit at the well site. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to restore or replace an impacted water supply. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Drilling, altering or operating a well without a permit. Failure to comply with rules or regulations adopted under the 2012 Oil and Gas Act, DEP order, or a term or condition of the well permit. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to meet effluent limits of permit Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Handles solid waste contrary to rules and regulations, or orders of the Department, or any permit condition, or in any manner as to create a public nuisance. Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to submit plugging certificate 30 days after well plugged Administrative 1 1
Failure to obtain an NPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated With a Construction Activity. Administrative 1 1
Well drilled or operated without a permit or registration from DEP. Administrative 1 1
Unlawful transfer of RSW Environmental Health and Safety 1 1
Failure to plug zones having borne gas, oil, or water Administrative 1 1