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Three month investigation leads to penalties for driller and waste water hauler
Department of Natural Resources vows to enforce Ohio's gas and oil drilling regulations fully
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Typical drilling rig in eastern OH -- though not one involved in the contamination issues
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Fines came down for two Shale Play “players” found guilty of surface contamination in eastern Ohio.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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Cases started in May
Gulfport Energy of Oklahoma self-reported waste fluid containment problems at wells in Harrison and Belmont Counties to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  And, ODNR got a tip that brine from trucks operated by St. Clairsville well waste hauler Harch Environmental Resources was ending up in a farm pound. 

Probes
Mark Bruce of the agency’s Division of Oil & Gas says agents examined each site, determined and verified what happened, and the fines are an outgrowth of those investigations.  Gulfport will pay a quarter of a million dollars, and Harch one hundred thousand dollars.

 

Causes
Leaks at the Gulfport sites, seven of them, were in containment barriers; the Harch case involved illegal dumping by company employees.  And Bruce says everything is cleaned up.  Bruce says recent surface and ground water testing shows that there is no further contamination.

 

Additionally
Beyond the fines, Gulfport has to tear out and rebuild its well pads, and Harch must electronically send hauling logs to ODNR daily for six months.  containment barrier with membrane


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