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SRBC Orders J-W Operating Drilling Company To Cease Operations In Cameron County

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission this week ordered J-W Operating, LLC, a natural gas drilling company based in Sewickley, Pa, to immediately cease all water-related activities at a drilling pad site in the Marcellus shale formation in Shippen Township, Cameron County. 
            The company began water-related activities at two wells without prior approval from SRBC at the pad known as Pardee & Curtin Lumber Company C Pad.
            Natural gas drillers must have SRBC approval before any drilling activity occurs or any water-related facilities are constructed.  The SRBC order also prohibits J-W Operating, LLC from continuing to drill or withdraw water for use at that drilling pad site.
            “Commission staff became aware of this violation during field inspections, the most recent one being yesterday November 9,” said SRBC Executive Director Paul Swartz.  “At present, the Commission has been informed by the company that it set conductor pipe on November 3, 2010, which resulted in the violation.  The exact time-frame will be determined and appropriate actions will be taken by the Commission.”
            Swartz said, “Since the company had not begun withdrawing, transporting or using any water, the Commission did not find any water resource impacts at this drilling pad.”
            J-W Operating, LLC has 30 days to submit an application to SRBC for water withdrawal and consumptive use, as well as the construction activities it has already completed.  The company is prohibited from any further water-related actions until SRBC reviews and acts on the application.
            For more information, visit SRBC’s Natural Gas Well Development webpage.


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