DEP Approves Permit for Underground Injection Well in Clearfield County

​Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved an underground injection control (UIC) well for disposal of wastewater associated with oil and natural gas production. Windfall Oil & Gas Inc.’s Frank & Susan Zelman #1 is located in Brady Township, Clearfield County.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an underground injection control permit for Windfall’s Frank & Susan Zelman #1 well on July 28, 2015 allowing the company to inject waste water into the well pending DEP approval of a drilling permit. On September 14, 2015 Windfall submitted an application to DEP.

DEP held a public hearing on the application March 7, 2016 in Dubois, PA and received testimony from approximately 50 individuals that was incorporated into a comment response document. In addition to the permit application, DEP reviewed Erosion and Sedimentation Control and Post Construction Stormwater Management Plans, Control and Disposal Plans, the application submitted to EPA, approved EPA permit, and public comments.

This permit includes special conditions including seismic monitoring equipment to ensure early detection of even minor seismic events.


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