Noble Energy Marshall Co. spill provokes cease operation order - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Noble Energy Marshall County flowback spill provokes cease operation order

Posted: Updated:
  • EnergyEnergyMore>>

  • UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:05:44 GMT
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:40:53 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
  • Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:20:59 GMT
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced March 8 that its Office of Oil and Gas has issued seven notices of violation and two orders to Noble Energy for its February spill of hydraulic fracturing flowback in Marshall County.

A centralized storage impoundment operated by Canonsburg, Pa.-based Noble Energy overflowed Feb. 22 into a tributary of Wheeling Creek, near Dallas, W.Va.

The notices of violation included allowing pollutants to flow into waters of the state; violating monitoring and emergency action plans; failure to maintain the pit in such a manner as to minimize adverse environmental effects; failing to maintain two feet of freeboard to minimize the risk of overtopping; and violating the state's water quality standards by discharging pollutants into a nearby stream and allowing industrial waste emanating from a point source to flow into waters of the state.

As a result of these violations, the Office of Oil and Gas also filed an order to cease operations to gain control of the pit; and an order that outlines the actions the company needs to take to abate the violations.

Noble is to provide an analysis of the released completion flowback fluid from the incident.

It also is required to propose a soil sampling and remediation plan to remove and dispose of any contaminated soil; propose a surface water sampling plan and plans for containment and removal of any pollutants found; identify water wells within 2,000 feet and submit a proposal to test the wells; and conduct an engineering evaluation of the centralized pit, then provide the agency with a certification by a professional engineer that states that the event did not impact the structural integrity of the centralized pit.