Pennsylvania agency fines natural gas companies for methane violations

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has finalized penalty agreements with three natural gas exploration companies for methane gas migration violations that affected private drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga counties, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. “The department was able to conclusively determine that methane gas from natural gas wells had migrated off-site and impacted private wells serving homes and hunting clubs,” said DEP Director of District Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder. The penalties were imposed on Chesapeake Appalachia LLC, $193,135; XTO Energy Inc., $95,753; and SWEPI LP, $85,593.