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Susquehanna River Basin Suspends Water Withdrawals – Marcellus Shale

by Kenneth E. DuBose on July 20, 2011

Marcellus Shale water sources just became scarce. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has suspended the withdrawal of water for 36 separate permits along streams in Pennsylvania. Streams in the area have fallen to levels below the permit stipulations and companies will not be able to withdraw water until the streams rise above predetermined levels for 48 hrs. The immediate impact on the natural gas industry isn’t easy to determine, but the longer this persist the harder it will be to source water for hydraulic fracturing. Without water to frack gas wells, Marcellus Shale wells are not commercial.

“ ‘Once again, the Commission’s stream protection requirements are ahead of the curve and working as intended to protect aquatic resources and downstream water users,” said SRBC Executive Director Paul Swartz.  “As of early this week, 36 individual water withdrawals in 10 Pennsylvania counties have been temporarily suspended by virtue of the Commission’s passby flow restrictions.  The vast majority of those suspended withdrawals are related to water for natural gas development.’ ””Not all SRBC approvals contain passby restrictions.  Those are the withdrawals where the approved withdrawal amounts are so small that they will not affect the protective levels of streams. In those cases, companies can continue to take water during low flow periods.”

Read the full news release at srbc.net

FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COMPANIES AND THEIR WATER WITHDRAWAL SOURCES IN PENNSYLVANIA TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AS OF JULY 19, 2011:

BLAIR COUNTY

Smith Transport Warehouse, Bald Eagle Creek

BRADFORD COUNTY

Chesapeake Appalachia, Chemung River (Barrett) and Sugar Creek (Isbell)

Healthy Properties, Sugar Creek

Southwestern Energy Production Company, Wyalusing Creek (Ferguson)

Talisman Energy, Fall Brook, Seeley Creek, Sugar Creek, Towanda Creek, Tributary to North Branch Sugar Creek, and Wyalusing Creek

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Towanda Creek

Towanda Country Club, Little Wysox Creek

CLEARFIELD COUNTY

Chief Oil & Gas, Clearfield Creek

Keister Miller Investments, West Branch Susquehanna

LEBANON COUNTY

Pine Meadows Golf Complex, Little Swatara Creek

LUZERNE COUNTY

Eagle Rock Community Association, Abandoned Quarry associated with unnamed tributary to Tomhicken Creek

LYCOMING COUNTY

Hughesville-Wolf Township Joint Municipal Authority, Effluent Discharge

Pennsylvania General Energy Company, Pine Creek (Poust)

XTO Energy, Lick Run

POTTER COUNTY

Ultra Resources, Pine Creek

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY

Chesapeake Appalachia, Elk Lake Stream

Leonard and Jean Marie Azaravich, Meshoppen Creek

Stone Energy Corp, Wyalusing Creek (Stang 1)

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Meshoppen Creek and White Creek

Williams Production Appalachia, Snake Creek

TIOGA COUNTY

LDG Innovations, Tioga River (Losey)

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Tioga River and Unnamed tributary of North Elk Run

Ultra Resources, Cowanesque River

WYOMING COUNTY

Geary Enterprises, Buttermilk Creek

Mountain Energy Services, Tunkhannock Creek

Randy M. Wiernusz, Bowman Creek

Sugar Hollow Trout Park and Hatchery, Hatchery Effluent

Susquehanna Gas Field Services, Meshoppen Creek

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