Marcellus Shale US

Terms of Use

Home

Contact

MEETING & DRILLING VIDEOS

Cineplex Rex channel

CURRENT EVENTS

Report Violations to the EPA

Now Drilling

Blogs 

Chapter 78 Regs

Links

Meetings

Pennsylvania Bulletin

News Archive

AERIAL PHOTOS OF FRACKING

Marcellus Air photographs

MARCELLUS REGULATION

Act 13 in Penna.

Drilling Legislation

Engaged Citizens

Forced Pooling

Loopholes

Political Contributions

Legislation & Documents

Pennsylvania DEP

The FRAC Act

Toxics Release Inventory

SHALE GAS
PLAYS

Gas Plays

Glossary

Utica Shale

MARCELLUS RIVER BASINS

DRBC

ORSANCO

SRBC

MARCELLUS SHALE WATER

Beaver Run Reservoir

Blake Run Falls

Creeks & Waterways

Cross Creek Lake

Dunkard Creek

Monongahela River

Piping water

Ten Mile Creek

Wanted: Water

Water Mgmt. Plans

W.V. Water Project

DRILLING WASTE & WASTEWATER

Clairton Municipal

Cross Creek Park

Disposal Wells

McKeesport Municipal

Shale Wastewater

WASTE FACILITY REPORTS

2009-2010
Late-2010

Early-2011
Late-2011

Early-2012
Late-2012

Early-2013
Late-2013

Early-2014
Late-2014

Reserved Environmental

South Hills Landfill

Westmoreland Landfill

Yukon Landfill

MARCELLUS ACCIDENTS

Atlas Frac Pit Fire

Gas Well Fires

Report violations

Seeps, leaks, spills

PRODUCTION ISSUES

Intro to Marcellus

Air testing

Air quality

Before You Lease

Carol Baker Impoundment

Centralized Impoundment Dams

Forest Fragmentation

Frac Sand Issues

Fracking

Fracking Near Schools

Fracking Up Close

Gas Well Flares

Impoundments

Lessons Learned

Marcellus Frac

Natural Gas Prices

Radioactive Shale

Radon & Fracking

Seismic Testing

Sick Cattle

Talking Points

Trinity Elementary

DRILLING MEDIA & MOVIES

ALL HAIL Marcellus Shale

Christmas Carols

FrackNation

Gasland

GASWORK

MSOCC

Promised Land

Split Estate

Triple Divide

Truthland

Videos

FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCES

Shale Stories

COMPRESSION & GAS PROCESSING

Blue Racer Natrium

Bluestone Gas Plant

Cadiz Fractionator

Compressor Stations

Fort Beeler Gas Plant

Hastings Fractionator

Hickory Bend Cryogenic

Houston Gas Plant

Kensington Ohio Midstream

Majorsville Gas Plant

Mobley Gas Plant

Moundsville WV Midstream

Oak Grove WV Deethanizer

Ohio Gas Refineries

Seneca Ohio Plant

Scio Ohio Gas Plant

WV Gas Refineries

SHALE GAS PIPELINES

Appalachian Gateway

Gas Pipelines

Gathering Pipelines

Mariner East Pipeline

TRUCKING & TRANSPORT

Brine Truck Photos

Diesel Idling Act 124

Propane LPG Trains

Road Damage

Rook Rail Yard

Trucks

Truck Traffic

MARCELLUS SHALE WELLS

Gas Well Photos

Pittsburgh Intl. Airport

Production Declines

Restored well sites

Washington County wells

West Virginia wells

 

 
RANGE RESOURCES

CAROL BAKER
CENTRALIZED IMPOUNDMENT DAM

CHARTIERS TOWNSHIP
WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA

 

  The cornerstone of Marcellus Shale high volume slickwater fracking is liquid in nature: Massive amounts of water, recycled wastewater and frac chemicals are used to fracture the deep shale. Gas producers prefer liquids over other alternatives for fracking (like nitrogen) due to the higher pressures that can be created; some reported to be 15,000 pounds per square inch.

Range Resources
Carol Baker Centralized Impoundment Dam
May 6, 2012


PENNSYLVANIA BULLETIN, VOL. 44, NO. 44, NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Actions on applications for the following activities filed under the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act (32 P. S. 693.1-693.27), section 302 of the Flood Plain Management Act (32 P. S. 679.302) and The Clean Streams Law and Notice of Final Action for Certification under section 401 of the FWPCA.

DAM SAFETY
Southwest Regional Office, Oil and Gas Management, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745 Permit # 95-7-60915-7-A2. Carol Baker Letter of Amendment Impoundment Modification Applicant Range Resources-Appalachia LLC 3000 Town Center Blvd, Canonsburg, PA 15317 proposes to modify Permit #95-60915-7 to reconstruct, operate and maintain a 14.1 million gallon Centralized Impoundment to collect, store and reuse wastewater for fracturing natural gas wells,

Chiarelli Unit 6H permit No. 37-125-27127 and other permitted wells listed in the application. Project is located off Arden Road in Chartiers Township, Washington Co (USGS PA Quadrangle: Canonsburg N: 40 13 50.6; W: -80 16 22.1). Project has disturbed 21.0 acres, with 2.23 acres redisturbed. The stormwater runoff drains to Tributary 37110 of Chartiers Creek, a Warm Water Fishery, State Water Plan Basin 20F Ohio River.

Range Resources has provided gas well completion reports to FracFocus indicating that many of their Marcellus Shale wells in Washington County, Pa have required around 3-million gallons of water to frack each well. Following the hydraulic fracturing process, a large volume of these fluids come back out of the shale contaminated with frac fluids, a high salt level, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) and other toxics that exist in the shale layer.

RANGE RESOURCES centralized impoundment dam
Men walking around in what looks like the bottom of a cesspool
May 6, 2012

Range Resources has often used temporary pipelines to move this initial flowback from fracked wells to large impoundment dams, or visa versa. Some of the newer impoundments are the size of football fields, holding 13-million gallons of fluids. These 'residual waste' frac pits are easy to distinguish from freshwater impoundments due to the white salty-looking stains on the exposed portions of their black liners. By using a network of these impoundments and temporary pipelines, Range can stockpile liquids for upcoming fracks.

Range Resources flowback pipe
Plastic pipeline used by Range Resources to move fluids from an impoundment to a fracking location. These temporary pipelines are often several miles long and have been known to leak.

On several occasions, Range Resources operations have experienced spills from these temporary pipelines in Washington County, the most notable being the spill and fish kill in Cross Creek Park in May 2009. Five months later the company had another spill and fish kill in a tributary of Brush Run Creek near a fracking operation. Both locations were supposed to have extra careful treatment as 'Special Protection Watersheds." Below is a letter sent to Range concerning one of these special areas, in this case, the Cross Creek Park watershed:

Letter to Range Resources Appalachia from the Pennsylvania DEP

These temporary pipeline spills usually result in thousands of gallons (over 10,000 gallons in the Brush Run incident) of residual waste escaping into the environment, killing fish and aquatic life, and causing other damage. In most of these spill incidents only a small percentage of the toxic fluids has been recovered. Very little regulation, if any, exists for these temporary pipelines. They are usually routed helter-skelter along roadways, through culverts and across the countryside.
 

NEARBY RANGE RESOURCES FRACKING OPERATION DURING DECEMBER 2011
Range Resources frack fluids
Range Resources piped fluids 2-miles through temporary pipelines for hydraulic fracturing of the Chiarelli Pad gas wells in December 2011. Below is a look at those rusty-looking fluids in the Carter Impoundment.
Range Resources impoundment
Carter Impoundment Dam - December 10, 2011

MARCH 21, 2011 - The Pa. DEP issued two violations for Range's Carter Impoundment:

Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.

Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
 

Range's Carol Baker Centralized Impoundment Dam also has multiple violations in its first two years of existence, failing to prevent "pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth."

"Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste."

"Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth."

"Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth."

"Residual Waste is mismanaged."

Impoundment for RANGE RESOURCES
Carol Baker Centralized Impoundment Dam
May 6, 2012
 


RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA
Carol Baker Centralized Impoundment Dam
Approximate GPS: 40 14.055  -80 17.030

PA DEP Permit issued 2-11-10
Permit # 95-7-60915-7
Site ID: 729384
Authorization ID: 818836

 

 
VIOLATIONS as of May 14, 2012
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

 
Violation ID Date Violation Description
634654 2/14/12 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
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: 281669 Penalty Final Date:
Enforcement Type: Notice of Violation Penalty Amount Assessed:
Date Executed: 03/20/2012 Total Amount Due:
Taken Against: RANGE RESOURCES 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
 
 
Violation ID Date Violation Description
634653 2/14/12 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
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: 281669 Penalty Final Date:
Enforcement Type: Notice of Violation Penalty Amount Assessed:
Date Executed: 03/20/2012 Total Amount Due:
Taken Against: RANGE RESOURCES 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
 
 
Violation ID Date Violation Description
619106 7/6/11 Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Resolution: Corrected/Abated
PA Code Legal Citation: 25 Pa. Code 78.54 : 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: 274387 Penalty Final Date:
Enforcement Type: Notice of Violation Penalty Amount Assessed:
Date Executed: 08/31/2011 Total Amount Due:
Taken Against: RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Total Amount Collected:
On Appeal? N Penalty Status:
Enforcement Status: Comply/Closed
# of Violations Addressed by this Enforcement and Penalty Action (possibly from many facilities): 2
 
 
Violation ID Date Violation Description
619107 7/6/11 Residual Waste is mismanaged.
Resolution: Corrected/Abated
PA Code Legal Citation: 35 P.S. 6018.301 : 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: 274387 Penalty Final Date:
Enforcement Type: Notice of Violation Penalty Amount Assessed:
Date Executed: 08/31/2011 Total Amount Due:
Taken Against: RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Total Amount Collected:
On Appeal? N Penalty Status:
Enforcement Status: Comply/Closed
# of Violations Addressed by this Enforcement and Penalty Action (possibly from many facilities): 2
 
 
RANGE RESOURCES FRACKING
 
 
MORE

Centralized Impoundment Dams

 

  

Homepage     Terms of use
Copyright 2009-2016
Marcellus-Shale.us
All rights reserved.