Monday, January 13, 2014

DEP News - Cease Operations Order issued for Jay-Bee well pad in Tyler County

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s
Office of Oil and Gas (OOG) has issued a Notice of
Violation, as well as a Cease Operations Order, to Jay-Bee
Oil & Gas in connection with the company’s Lisby gas well
pad in Tyler County.

The Lisby pad was the site of a Jan. 2 incident during
which a tank ruptured and leaked fluids to surrounding
grounds on the well site. One worker was injured as a
result of the incident.

As part of the OOG order, which halts all well work on the
Lisby pad not necessary as part of gaining control of
activities on the pad, Jay-Bee Oil & Gas must submit a
report to the OOG on or before Jan. 14, 2014, that
demonstrates a knowledge and understanding as to the cause
of the tank rupture; demonstrates Jay-Bee’s ability to
safely resume operations on the pad; and outlines future
preventative measures to be used to safeguard against
similar incidents.

Also, as part of the order, Jay-Bee is required to provide
an analysis of the fluids contained in the ruptured tank;
submit to the OOG a proposal for soil sampling and a
remediation plan to remove and dispose of any contaminated
soil from the impacted areas; submit to the OOG a proposal
for water sampling, including plans for containment and
removal of any pollutants found; and provide an after-
action report that details Jay-Bee’s testing and
remediation activity, including all sampling data, as a
result of the order.