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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

 
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
 
 
  

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