A newspaper is seeking access to a sealed record which a radio reporter apparently already obtained. Stay tuned, there's a court hearing next week.
President Judge Katherine B. Emery ruled earlier this month that reporters and an editor could not be subpoenaed in an attempt to discover how they learned a natural gas case had been settled, but a related matter was back in court Tuesday.
When the state Department of Environmental Protection upgraded design standards for Marcellus Shale water impoundments in early 2011, Range Resources had just completed construction of eight centralized frack ponds in the previous two years using now-outdated technology.
A large man-made, fenced-off pond containing orange water used by the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas industry is sandwiched into a rolling valley between neat rows of cornstalks and a scenic Christmas tree farm in Hopewell Township.
Range Resources must pay $4.15 million in fines – the largest amount ever levied against a Marcellus Shale driller – for various leaks and other problems at six of its water impoundments in Washington County.
Range Resources on Monday will begin closing its Yeager water impoundment in Amwell Township, where neighbors believe leaks in its liner contaminated the soil.
For the second time since 2011, high chloride levels were detected in groundwater under a Marcellus Shale impoundment in Cecil Township.
State environmental regulators are reviewing plans by Range Resources to close an impoundment in Amwell Township that has been at the center of a two-year legal battle by nearby residents to get the company to disclose all fluids and chemicals at the site.