FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Sept. 25, 2009
Department of Environmental Protection
Northcentral Regional Office
208 West Third Street, Suite 101
Williamsport, PA 17701
CONTACT: Daniel T. Spadoni
DEP ORDERS CABOT OIL AND GAS TO CEASE ALL GAS
WELL FRACKING IN SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY
WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Cabot
Oil and Gas Corporation to cease all natural gas well hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna
County until the company completes a number of important engineering and safety tasks.
“The department took this action because of our concern about Cabot’s current fracking
process and to ensure that the environment in Susquehanna County is properly protected,” DEP
Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell said.
Cabot voluntarily shut down fracking operations at the Heitsman well in Dimock
Township on Tuesday afternoon following three separate spills there in less than one week. The
company is currently drilling seven new wells in the county that will require fracking.
The order requires Cabot to develop within 14 days an updated and accurate Pollution
Prevention and Contingency Plan and Control and Disposal Plan for all permitted well pad sites
in Susquehanna County.
The company must conduct an engineering study of all equipment and work practices
associated with hydraulic fracturing at all well sites in the county within 21 days.
The engineering study must include a detailed evaluation and explanation of the causes of
the three spills that occurred in the past week and establish corrective measures Cabot will use to
prevent similar releases.
Within 21 days of DEP’s approval of the Pollution Prevention and Contingency Plan, the
Control and Disposal Plan, and the engineering study, Cabot must fully implement all of the
recommendations and requirements in those documents.
The company also must place the approved Pollution Prevention