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Abandonment of wells and boreholes is performed in accordance with the Geological and Mining Law and applicable secondary legislation. Abandoned wells are permanently marked in the field, in accordance with the Regulation of the Minister of Economy of April 25th 2014 on specific requirements for the operation of mining facilities producing minerals through wells, the Regulation of the Minister of Economy of June 12th 2002 on mining rescue, and with the ‘Mine Operations Manager Guidelines on securing, temporary plugging and abandonment of boreholes and wells’.

Environmental protection initiatives connected with drilling for both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons are carried out in accordance with the applicable Polish and EU laws, as well as internal good practice documents.

On September 1st 2016, a regulation of the Minister of Environment was adopted concerning the procedure of assessing soil contamination, which necessitated a new approach towards planned remediation of the soil-water environment on non-producing assets where municipal gas production from hard coal in the past caused changes in the environment and local pollution. As part of a remediation plan, priority must be given to tests assessing the state of the environment as well as development of cheaper and more effective methods of removing pollutants.

In 2017, four environmental events were recorded: leaks of hydraulic oil from vibrating screens working during seismic surveys, in a total of amount of about 100 litres. These events led to minor topsoil contamination. All consequences of the events were remedied. The soil contaminated with hydraulic oil was transferred to authorised waste collectors in line with the Waste Management Plan. In order to prevent similar events in the future, hydraulic hose clamps were checked in all machines operated in the projects underway. In addition, during the work of seismic teams regular training is given to increase the knowledge of procedures to be followed in the event of leakage and in case of other environmental events. The number of inspections of the technical condition of machinery was increased as a preventive measure in order to eliminate potential events.

Holding valid environmental permits and decisions is a prerequisite in the operations of the PGNiG Group companies. In 2017, a Provincial Inspectorate for Environmental Protection (WIOŚ) imposed a fine of PLN 4 thousands on one of the Group companies for exceeding the permitted sulfur dioxide concentration specified in the integrated permit. However, an appeal was filed to the Chief Environmental Protection Inspector (GIOŚ) and is expected to be examined.

In 2017 PGNiG handled a lawsuit for payment for non-contractual use of property, consisting in waste storage and improper reclamation. In the proceedings, the court dismissed the claim and ruled that the costs of legal representation be paid by the plaintiff to PGNiG.

Residents of the village of Kokorzyn submitted three complaints about the noise emitted by the helium recovery membrane on the stream of gas produced by the Kościan-Brońsko Gas Production Facility. Moreover, the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Rzeszów is gathering evidence of land surface contamination resulting from the repair work on the Rzeszów-17 borehole, reported by the owner of the plot.