Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dep Approves Waste Disposal Well Clearfield Officials, Residents Opposed

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dep Approves Waste Disposal Well Clearfield Officials, Residents Opposed

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Pennsylvania now has a dozen active permits for oil and gas wastewater disposal wells after state regulators approved an application for a new well in Clearfield County on Wednesday.

The Department of Environmental Protection gave Windfall Oil & Gas Inc. permission to drill a new well in Brady Township to take liquid waste from producing oil and gas wells.

The Falls Creek, Pa.-based company has had a federal permit for the well since 2015, but it needed a state permit before it could begin operations.

The proposal was opposed by local residents and officials, including city leaders from nearby DuBois and state Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield.

The well site is planned for a more populated area than other Pennsylvania disposal wells. There are 14 private water supplies within 1,000 feet of the well, DEP said, but a depth of 6,550 vertical feet separates the geological layer where the fluids will be injected underground from the deepest source of fresh groundwater. …

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