DEP Says Gas Well Has Been Leaking Since 2011 In North-Central PA

Range Resources says the methane is naturally-occurring in groundwater.

Jennifer Bloodworth
January 14, 2020 - 12:46 pm
Natural Gas Drilling

(Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A Marcellus Shale natural gas well has been leaking methane gas into groundwater and streams since 2011.

That's according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, who has given Range resources four months to fix the leak in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, “which has caused methane to escape and pollute groundwater and multiple surfaces waters.”

 “We have attempted to resolve this in good faith but after numerous attempts, the operator still has not completely addressed these violations,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We expect companies to abide by our environmental laws and regulations and they must be held accountable if their work results in violations that negatively impact our environment. Range Resources’ refusal at times to accept responsibility and finally address this problem is unacceptable and that is why DEP is issuing this order.”

The drilling took place in February and March of 2001 and was completed in June of 2011.

The DEP first discovered methane leak in February of 2012.

Range has 30 days to appeal, and contends the methane is naturally-occurring in groundwater.

Read more on the DEP's report here.

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