Energy companies cited for deficiencies

Two energy companies were ordered to stop operations in Tioga County and Potter County, Pa., after they violated permits, state regulators said.

The Department of Environmental Protection revoked three erosion and sedimentation control general permits issued to Ultra Resources and Fortuna Energy due to technical deficiencies, according to a report from the agency.

The Ultra Resources permit was for sites in Gaines and Elk townships, Tioga County, and Pike and Abbott townships, Potter County. The Fortuna permit covered sites in Ward and Jackson townships, Tioga County.

The erosion and sedimentation control general permits are required whenever more than|5 acres of earth will be disturbed during natural gas well drilling.

The technical deficiencies in both permits included inaccurate calculations and lack of proper technical detail.


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