By Amanda Gillooly
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a Notice of Violation on Friday to Range Resources over what it is calling a “significant leak” at a Washington County impoundment.
DEP spokesman John Poister said the Southpointe-based Marcellus Shale drilling company was cited under the Clean Streams Act for failure to contain pollutants and failure to contain production fluids.
He said a civil penalty has not yet been assessed, and added that is the final step in the process of issuing a Notice of Violation.
“We are waiting for completion of the cleanup,” Poister said.
Asked how long the cleanup would take, he said, “I don’t know right now.”
Poister also clarified information issued last week by the department regarding contaminated soil that has been trucked out of the John Day impoundment.
He said Range Resources has been trucking 128 tons of contaminated soil out of the Amwell Township impoundment and into three area landfills – the Arden landfill in Chartiers, the Imperial landfill and the Territa landfill in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County.
Last week, Poister said the soil was being taken solely to the Arden landfill.
Last week the DEP also indicated that the old permit, also known as a Form U, was being used until the driller could obtain a new one.
On Monday, Poister said that the company cleaning up the leak, Weavertown Environmental, was actually applying for the new permit.
That permit, Poister said, was still pending.
Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella did not return an email seeking more information.
Editor’s Note: The information in this story reflects a phone conversation with Poister at 11 a.m. Monday.