Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PADEP hits EQT with $4.5 M impoundment-leak fine

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking a $4.5 million fine against EQT Corp.'s production division over a leaking impoundment at a Tioga County well site, Sam Kusic reports today in the Pittsburgh Business Times.
“EQT fails to recognize the ongoing environmental harm from the significant amount of waste released by its leaking 6-million-gallon impoundment,” Acting DEP Secretary Dana Aunkst said in a statement.
“This action was necessary because the company has not been cooperative during our investigation. The department does not tolerate this unacceptable attitude toward compliance and proper protection of Pennsylvania’s environment," Aunkst said.
The department said the exact amount of fluid that leaked is unknown, but is believed to be significant.

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