Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Know Your Driller: Shell (report)

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Executive Summary

This report analyzes data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) regarding violations cited for shale gas development by Shell Oil Co. subsidiaries through the end of 2012. Key findings include:
Shell has a 5:6 violation-to-well ratio.  Out of 603 wells drilled, we found that Shell subsidiaries, East Resources Inc., East Resources Mgmt. LLC and SWEPI LP, were cited for 494 violations by PA DEP.

90 percent of Shell’s violations were environmental in nature.  Out of 494 violations, we identified 443 that were environmental in nature, which have, or are likely to cause harm to the environment.

Shell has been cited for a casing failure rate of about one percent of wells for a total of six citations.  It is important to note that well casings are meant to protect aquifers from contamination by chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” , process. 
Shell was cited violations 45 times for Improper Construction of Waste Impoundments, 37 times for Faulty Pollution Prevention Practices, 25 times for Discharge of Industrial Waste.  This presents imminent danger to surface and ground water supplies.
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