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Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Mar. 6, 2015

CONTACT: Ava Stoops
Administrative Specialist
Office: 717-238-0423, ext. 1302
Twitter: @SRBCnews

SRBC Held Business Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Approved 12 water project applications, adopted resolution encouraging use of dry cooling technology

HARRISBURG, PA – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC; www.srbc.net) on Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015, held its quarterly business meeting in Hershey, Pa. Among its actions, SRBC:

  • revised its FY-2016 budget;
  • adopted a resolution to encourage the use of dry cooling technology as appropriate for power generation and other facilities for the conservation of the waters of the Susquehanna River Basin;
  • accepted a settlement offer for a compliance matter from Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation for $50,000 for commencing well drilling operations without the appropriate Commission approval;
  • Postponed to the June 2015 Commission meeting a Show Cause proceeding with Four Seasons Golf Course over its failure to abide by the terms of the settlement agreement accepted at the September 2014 Commission meeting; and
  • approved 12 applications and tabled 3 applications (see lists below).

SRBC’s voting commissioners and alternates were (www.srbc.net/about/commissioners/commiss.htm): 
Kenneth Lynch, SRBC Chair and Director, Region 7, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Kelly Heffner, SRBC Vice Chair and Deputy Secretary for Water Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Saeid Kasraei, Program Administrator, Water Supply Program, Maryland Department of the Environment; and Col. Trey Jordan, Commander, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

SRBC staff also reported on a delegated settlement with Talisman Energy USA, pursuant to SRBC Resolution 2014-15, in the amount of $8,000. The settlement resolved violations of the low flow protection condition contained in the Commission’s approval of Talisman’s withdrawal from the Susquehanna River.

Applications Tabled:

  1. Keister Miller Investments, LLC (West Branch Susquehanna River), Mahaffey Borough, Clearfield County, Pa.
  2. Shrewsbury Borough (Blouse Well), York County, Pa.
  3. Shrewsbury Borough (Smith Well), York County, Pa.

Applications Approved (includes new approvals, , renewals) (www.srbc.net/wrp/): 

  1. ADLIB Resources, Inc. (Meshoppen Creek), Springville Township, Susquehanna County, Pa.
  2. Carrizo (Marcellus), LLC (Mosquito Creek), Karthaus Township, Clearfield County, Pa.
  3. Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC (Susquehanna River), Braintrim Township, Wyoming County, Pa.
  4. Chief Oil & Gas LLC (Martins Creek), Hop Bottom Borough, Susquehanna County, Pa.
  5. EQT Production Company (West Branch Susquehanna River), Greenwood Township, Clearfield County, Pa.
  6. Keystone Clearwater Solutions, LLC (West Branch Susquehanna River), Curwensville Borough, Clearfield County, Pa.
  7. Linde Corporation (Lackawanna River), Fell Township, Lackawanna County, Pa.
  8. Samson Exploration, LLC (Plum Grove Cameron 5 Strip Mine Pond), Shippen Township, Cameron County, Pa.
  9. Shadow Ranch Resort, Inc. (Tunkhannock Creek), Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County, Pa.
  10. Southwestern Energy Production Company (Martins Creek), Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County, Pa.
  11. SWEPI LP (Cowanesque River), Westfield Township, Tioga County, Pa.
  12. Warwick Township Municipal Authority (Rothsville Well 2), Warwick Township, Lancaster County, Pa.

About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based SRBC is the governing agency established under a 100-year compact signed on Dec. 24, 1970, by the federal government and the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland to protect and wisely manage the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Susquehanna River starts in Cooperstown, New York, and flows 444 miles to Havre de Grace, Maryland, where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on SRBC, visit www.srbc.net or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews