Borough of Girard, PA
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Girard 11-22-1983 by Ord. No. 534 (Ch. XV, Part 5, of the 1974 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 212-1 Permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drill a hole into the surface of the earth to secure natural gas within the Borough of Girard without first obtaining a permit therefor.

§ 212-2 Permit application.

It shall be the duty of the property owner to secure from the Borough Manager a permit to drill a natural gas well. A permit fee in such amount as may, from time to time, be set by the Council of the Borough of Girard by resolution shall be paid to the Borough of Girard at the time of application. No permit shall be issued until the property owner has presented the following documents to the Borough Manager:
A. 
State of Pennsylvania permit.
B. 
A survey and plot plan made and certified by a surveyor or civil engineer licensed by the State of Pennsylvania, which plot plan shall indicate the location of the well site, together with distances indicated thereon of the well site from any existing structures, structures on the adjoining property, property lines and right-of-way lines.
C. 
The well driller's name and address.
D. 
The well driller's certificate that his rotary drilling rig has a one-and-one-half-inch fire hose connection on the front of the drilling rig so that a fire hose can be connected to flood the well in case of fire.
E. 
The well driller's certificate of insurance.
F. 
The signature of the well driller or his agent that he understands and will comply with all provisions of this chapter.

§ 212-3 Location of well sites.

No well site shall be closer than:
A. 
Fifteen feet from any building on the owner's property.
B. 
Twenty-five feet from any building on neighboring property.
C. 
Fifty feet from any building of public assembly.
D. 
Fifteen feet from the owner's property line.
E. 
Ten feet from any public road right-of-way.

§ 212-4 Water well protection.

A. 
In areas of the Borough which are not served by public water and there exists a water well within 700 feet of the gas well site, the hole from the surface to a depth of 185 feet shall be drilled by a cable (nonrotary) drilling machine. This requirement shall also apply to any gas well drilled within 700 feet of the Borough of Girard water wells.
B. 
In areas of the Borough which are served by public water and the gas well site is at least 700 feet from any water well in an adjacent unserved area, a rotary drilling machine may be used from the surface to the depths required.

§ 212-5 Drilling method and grouting.

A. 
The well driller shall first construct a hole to bedrock with an eight-inch steel pipe, then continue to drill through the rock to a minimum depth of 185 feet.
B. 
A six-inch steel casing (11 pounds per lineal foot) shall then be inserted to the full depth of the drilled hole. The top of the six-inch casing shall have a six-inch slip-on flange welded to it.
C. 
The driller shall then, by a pressure pump, grout with portland cement and water to seal the six-inch pipe inside the eight-inch pipe.
D. 
The driller shall pump the cement to the bottom and continue to pump until the entire six-inch pipe is encased and cement appears on the surface.
E. 
Drilling may resume not less than 12 hours after completion of grouting.
F. 
No well shall be grouted or cemented until the Borough inspector is present.

§ 212-6 Discharge from rotary rig.

When one is drilling with a rotary rig, the discharge pipe must discharge the air, dirt, rock and gas at least 30 feet from any structure. The discharge pipe must be of steel and securely attached to the diverter head.

§ 212-7 Fencing.

A fence of at least four feet in height shall be erected and maintained around the residue (mud) pit until such time as the pit is completely covered over.

§ 212-8 Fire protection.

A. 
All rotary rigs shall be equipped with a one-and-one-half-inch female swivel connection of National Fire Department thread, connected into the main air line, that feeds air to the rotary drill.
B. 
In case of fire at the well, the local Fire Department can flood the well by connecting a fire hose to the swivel connection.
C. 
Two twenty-pound Purple K fire extinguishers with a connection to connect to a one-and-one-half-inch fire line shall also be at the well site and ready for immediate use.

§ 212-9 Insurance.

The well drillers shall carry liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.

§ 212-10 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Borough before a Magisterial District Judge, pay a fine of not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Borough in the enforcement of this chapter. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the Magisterial District Judge. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Borough may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Borough are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).