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Trouble in Truth Land
DEPUE #8H

 
July 22, 2012 - The 34-minute movie "Truthland" (starring Shelly Depue) has been making the rounds lately, often being sponsored by industry and business groups at various screening locations around Pennsylvania. The seated panels for the Question & Answer sessions tend to be stacked with all pro-fracking individuals, but remember, the movie was funded by the gas industry and their professional associations. "Truthland" is considered the shale gas industry's counter-punch to the popular "Gasland" movie starring Josh Fox. In the meantime, Fox has released the video, "The Sky is Pink" as a prequel to "Gasland II."
 

Fracking Industry’s Answer to Gasland: Devised by Astroturf Lobbying Group & Political Ad Agency

June 13, 2012 - The film and its “full-scale website and social media campaign” was planned from start to finish by the natural gas industry. Even its web domain, truthlandmovie.com, was registered by industry giant Chesapeake Energy. The origin of Truthland as an industry PR campaign is confirmed by EID spokesman Chris Tucker’s presentation to a meeting of West Virginia oil and natural gas industry representatives in May. EID operates as an “astroturf” organization that keeps its substantial gas industry backing and orchestration hidden behind the names and faces of “locals” and “natives,” but in this case, they failed to sufficiently hide the degree to which its “authentic” Gasland response was planned at the highest level.

Source: LittleSis blog

Research has revealed that there is trouble in truth land. One of the Depue wells (8H) is severely flawed with a bubbling annulus. An annulus is the cemented layer between layers of steel, you know, the one that 'never leaks' and can survive cannon-type explosions as seen toward the end of the "Truthland" movie. Two more of the Depue wells (2H and 6H) have Pennsylvania DEP violations, which are shown below. Needless to say, it's not going nearly as well as all the "experts" interviewed in the Truthland movie led Shelly to believe it would!

As one seasoned Marcellus shale observer half-jokingly mused:

"It must be tough being a parrot for industry
when you have a bubbling annulus."

At one of the Pennsylvania movie screenings this past week, Ms. Depue stated she had not seen the Pennsylvania DEP File Review documents for Depue 8H. At least now she can find them here, since they are shown below, for everyone's reference. Isn't it odd that Pennsylvania landowners can be 'kept in the dark' when important things like this are happening on their property, that could affect their health and well-being. Violations like "Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth" doesn't sound good for anyone living in Pennsylvania.

An in-depth look at Depue 8H

Depue 8H is located at 41.924375 -75.8729 in Franklin Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The well (DEP permit number 115-20461) was SPUD on November 18, 2010 by Williams Production Appalachia. Williams subsequently spun off Williams Production Appalachia to become WPX Energy, which the Pennsylvania DEP currently lists as the operator of Depue 8H. The DEP cited WPX on July 28, 2010 for failing to file production reports.

Depue 8H has been the subject of multiple DEP violation notices. On February 15, 2011, violation ID 604972 (Inspection ID 1950415) is described in the DEP eFACTS database as "Failure to report defective, insufficient, or improperly cemented casing w/in 24 hrs or submit plan to correct w/in 30 days".

The actual inspection report notes "Failure to properly cement intermediate casing." (Inspection reports are not currently on-line but are available to the public through the DEP 'File Review' and 'Right To Know' processes.)

Pennsylvania DEP Inspection ID 1950415

"Failure to properly cement intermediate casing"

More than a year later on March 20, 2012, it appears the problem was not fixed. In Inspection Report 2053535, DEP inspector Stephen Watson reports: "Well is online. Observed bubbling on 9" x 13" annulus. Can see bubbling at surface. Bubbling is consistent and visible on all sides of casing."

Pennsylvania DEP Inspection Report 2053535
(As of July 22, 2012 this inspection report is still marked
in the eFACTS site record for Depue 8H as "pending")

Pennsylvania DEP Inspection Report 2053535

"Well is online. Observed bubbling on 9" x 13" annulus. Can see bubbling at surface. Bubbling is consistent and visible on all sides of casing."

Observed bubbling on 9" x 13" annulus


More trouble in truth land

Faulty well casings have frequently been suspected as a cause of methane migration but these are not the only issues with Depue 8H. DEP Inspection 1954842 on March 4, 2011 notes two violations: Violation ID 605918, "Failure to notify DEP of pollution incident. No phone call made forthwith" and Violation ID 605919, "Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth."

It should not be surprising that a well with such problems has attracted controversy. Neighbors of the Depues, the Manning family, have sued WPX over contamination of their water:

SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE
April 11, 2012

Franklin Forks family sues driller

"Tammy and Matthew Manning of Franklin Twp. said WPX Energy and two associated companies contaminated the aquifer through spills and poorly constructed gas wells in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Citing state Department of Environmental Protection violations documented at six natural gas wells on two WPX well pads, known as the Hollenbeck and Depue, the family argued that the companies were negligent in drilling and operating the wells."

Complete story

Video of Depue's neighbors

This case is known as Manning et al v. WPX Energy Appalachia, LLC et al, docket number 3:12-cv-00646. Defenders of the gas industry are quick to point out that ostensibly DEP tests of the Mannings' water show the methane contamination as biogenic, meaning that it has to have come from near the surface and can't be thermogenic gas from the deep Marcellus Shale layer. The biogenic / thermogenic distinction for methane migration is certainly diagnostic in the thermogenic case; thermogenic methane cannot have come from close to the surface via some form of "endemic" pre-Marcellus methane migration problem. Less clear is whether the immense pressure of hydraulic fracturing can trigger biogenic methane migration in the case of faulty well construction.

 


An in-depth look at more trouble in truth land:
DEPUE 2H & 6H
 

Source: NEPA Gas Action

Direct link to webpage violations list

DEPUE 2H  View in Google Maps

2011-03-11 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 2H: 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). Violation ID 607151, ALTA OPR CO LLC.
 

Violation ID

Date

Violation Description

607151

03/11/2011

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)
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 25 Pa. Code 102.4 : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Environmental Health & Safety

Related Enforcements

Please note: the following related enforcement data is accumulated from possibly many different sites/facilities that may be unrelated to the facility for this inspection.

Enforcement ID: 271123 Penalty Final Date:
Enforcement Type: Notice of Violation Penalty Amount Assessed:
Date Executed: 04/07/2011 Total Amount Due:
Taken Against: WPX ENERGY APPALACHIA LLC Total Amount Collected:
On Appeal? N Penalty Status:
Enforcement Status:
# of Violations Addressed by this Enforcement and Penalty Action (possibly from many facilities): 2

2011-03-11 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 2H: Clean Streams Law-General. Used only when a specific CLS code cannot be used. Violation ID 607152, ALTA OPR CO LLC.
 

Violation ID

Date

Violation Description

607152

03/11/2011

Clean Streams Law-General. Used only when a specific CLS code cannot be used
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 35 P.S. 691.1 et seq : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Administrative

Related Enforcements

Please note: the following related enforcement data is accumulated from possibly many different sites/facilities that may be unrelated to the facility for this inspection.

Enforcement ID: 271123 Penalty Final Date:
Enforcement Type: Notice of Violation Penalty Amount Assessed:
Date Executed: 04/07/2011 Total Amount Due:
Taken Against: WPX ENERGY APPALACHIA LLC Total Amount Collected:
On Appeal? N Penalty Status:
Enforcement Status:
# of Violations Addressed by this Enforcement and Penalty Action (possibly from many facilities): 2

 


DEPUE 6H  View in Google Maps

2011-03-11 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 6H: Pit and tanks not constructed with sufficient capacity to contain pollutional substances. Violation ID 606658, WILLIAMS PRODUCTION APPALACHIA LLC.

Violation ID Date Violation Description
606658 03/11/2011 Pit and tanks not constructed with sufficient capacity to contain pollutional substances.
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 25 Pa Code 78.56(a)(1) : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Administrative
Enforcement Type: No Enforcement Data

2011-03-11 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 6H: Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste. Violation ID 606657, WILLIAMS PRODUCTION APPALACHIA LLC.
 
Violation ID Date Violation Description
606657 03/11/2011 Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 35 P.S. 6018.301 : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Environmental Health & Safety
Enforcement Type: No Enforcement Data

2011-03-11 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 6H: Site conditions present a potential for pollution to waters of the Commonwealth. Violation ID 606656, WILLIAMS PRODUCTION APPALACHIA LLC.
 
Violation ID Date Violation Description
606656 03/11/2011 Site conditions present a potential for pollution to waters of the Commonwealth.
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 35 PS 691.402 : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Environmental Health & Safety
Enforcement Type: No Enforcement Data

 


DEPUE 8H  View in Google Maps

2011-03-04 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 8H: Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth. Violation ID 605919, WILLIAMS PRODUCTION APPALACHIA LLC.

2011-03-04 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 8H: Failure to notify DEP of pollution incident. No phone call made forthwith. Violation ID 605918, WILLIAMS PRODUCTION APPALACHIA LLC.

2011-02-15 - Franklin Township, DEPUE 8H: Failure to report defective, insufficient, or improperly cemented casing within 24 hrs or submit plan to correct within 30 days. Violation ID 604972, WILLIAMS PRODUCTION APPALACHIA LLC.
 

Violation ID

Date

Violation Description

605918

03/04/2011

Failure to notify DEP of pollution incident. No phone call made forthwith
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 25 Pa. Code 91.33(a) : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Administrative
Enforcement Type: No Enforcement Data

605919

03/04/2011

Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 25 Pa. Code 78.54 : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Environmental Health & Safety
Enforcement Type: No Enforcement Data

604972

02/15/2011

Failure to report defective, insufficient, or improperly cemented casing w/in 24 hrs or submit plan to correct w/in 30 days
Resolution:
PA Code Legal Citation: 25 Pa. Code 78.86 : PA Code Website
Violation Type: Administrative
Enforcement Type: No Enforcement Data

 


PENNSYLVANIA BULLETIN
 

August 27, 2011 Pa. Bulletin - Water for fracking Depue 2H
 
"Consumptive use of up to 4 mgd (million gallons day)"

NOTICES
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION
Projects Approved for Consumptive Uses of Water

[40 Pa.B. 6496]
[Saturday, November 6, 2010]

Williams Production Appalachia, LLC, Pad ID: Depue Well No. 2H, ABR-201009098, Franklin Township, Susquehanna County, PA; Consumptive Use of up to 4.000 mgd; Approval Date: September 27, 2010.
 


August 27, 2011 Pa. Bulletin - Blasting permits actions

Actions on applications under the Explosives Acts of 1937 and 1957 and 25 Pa. Code § 211.124. Blasting activity performed as part of a coal or noncoal mining activity will be regulated by the mining permit for that coal or noncoal mining activity.

Blasting Permits Actions

58114128. Dyno-Nobel, Inc., (1320 Galiffa Drive, Donora, PA 15033), construction blasting for Williams Gas Depue Interconnect in Franklin Township, Susquehanna County with an expiration date of October 31, 2011. Permit issued: August 10, 2011.
 


July 21, 2012 Pa. Bulletin - Air quality

General Plan Approval and Operating Permit Usage Authorized under the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P. S. §§ 4001—4015) and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 127 to construct, modify, reactivate or operate air contamination sources and associated air cleaning devices.

Northeast Region: Air Quality Program, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790 Contact: Ray Kempa, New Source Review Chief—Telephone: 570-826-2507

58-399-041GP5: WPX Energy Appalachia LLC (6000 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 300, Canonsburg, PA 15317-5834) on June 29, 2012, to construct and operate one (1) IC Engine and one (1) dehy/reboiler at their Depue Natural Gas Compressor Station site in Franklin Township, Susquehanna County.
 


DEP Permits for the Depue wells
(As of July 22, 2012)

WPX ENERGY APPALACHIA, LLC

DEPUE 1H OG Well  115-20501  Permit issued 2-16-11

DEPUE 2H OG Well  115-20418  Permit issued 7-27-10

DEPUE 3H OG Well  115-20502  Permit issued 2-16-11

DEPUE 4H OG Well  115-20459  Permit issued 11-9-10

DEPUE 5H OG Well  115-20503  Permit issued 3-29-11

DEPUE 6H OG Well  115-20460  Permit issued 11-9-10
      "Proposed But Never Materialized"
(No DEPUE 6H permit is currently listed on the DEP website?)

DEPUE 7H OG Well  115-20504  Permit issued 2-16-11

DEPUE 8H OG Well  115-20461  Permit issued 11-9-10

DEPUE 9H OG Well  115-20505  Permit issued 2-16-11

DEPUE 10H OG Well  115-20462  Permit issued 11-9-10
 


DEPUE 8H DOCUMENTS
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
LINKS

Water Well Being Vented By WPX Gas Co.
Range Resources cement and casings violations in Marcellus Shale
Truthland movie screening in Harrisburg PCN
 

 

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