Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pennsylvania fines Cabot over drilling spills

Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:54pm EDT
By Jon Hurdle

"PHILADELPHIA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Pennsylvania has fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (COG.N) for three spills of a fluid used in natural gas drilling, amid concern about groundwater contamination, state regulators said on Thursday.

Cabot spilled about 8,000 gallons of LGC-35, a lubricant, in the rural community of Dimock, Susquehanna County, on Sept. 16 and 22. Natural gas drillers use the chemical in a technique called hydraulic fracturing to obtain gas trapped in rock formations.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection fined Cabot $56,650 and ordered the company to stop fracturing until it cleaned the spills and submitted an updated pollution control plan. The ban was lifted on Oct. 16.

Anti-drilling activists criticized the fine as too small.

Some residents of Pennsylvania and other U.S. gas-drilling areas oppose hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", claiming chemicals used in the process contaminate ground water, causing sickness and rashes, and forcing users to drink bottled water." More>>>>

Question for Kathy Hall: If fracking fluid is so safe, then why did Cabot get fined?

To put the question in context, please see the following Drilling Santa Fe posts:

Did COGA’s Kathy Hall call it quits over ‘fracking fluid in my mouth’ comment?

Kathy Hall, Colorado Oil And Gas Chief, Resigns Amid Brazen Comments About Fracking Fluid

Greene: Colorado gas industry shill's claim of swigging fracking fluid hard to swallow

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