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Sunday, May 1, 2011

High-value stream case settles


A $208,000 fine is a joke! How about an $800,000 fine to wake up these drillers that Pennsylvania does not need further "accidents" of this kind or worse!

High-value stream case settles
Sunday, May 01, 2011
A Texas drilling company has paid more than $208,000 in settlements of lawsuits resulting from its release of gas well fracking fluids and other pollutants into two high-quality streams in Clearfield County.
EOG Resources Inc. paid the settlements in lieu of fines and civil damages to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission following investigations by PFBC and the state Department of Environmental Protection of the company's pollution of Alex Branch and Little Laurel Run in 2009 and 2010. Both creeks are designated as high-quality waters under DEP regulations

The settlement money is being deposited into the PFBC's Fish Fund; about $40,000 of the settlement will pay for the purchase of limestone sand used to buffer a tributary at Parker Dam State Park, which is stocked with trout.

In April, Fish and Boat launched a new toll-free hotline that the public may use to report suspected pollution incidents and fish kills. The number is 1-855-FISH-KIL (1-855-347-4545).

(moontownshippa.blogspot.com)

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