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EPA Fines Marcellus Driller for Clean Water Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency fined a company $177,500 for dumping wastewater into headwater streams in northern West Virginia, which supply water for the Monongahela River basin. The EPA says PDC Mountaineer disposed of material, filled in wetlands, and relocated culverts at four well sites, all without permits. PDC Mountaineer’s Marcellus Shale drilling activities impacted an acre of wetlands, and 4,500 feet of streams. In a release, the EPA says adverse impacts to 1500 feet of stream are permanent.

“The streams involved in this case were mostly headwater streams, the small creeks and streams that are the origin of most rivers. Headwater streams function to store floodwater, reduce sediment, and provide an important source of freshwater dilution to downstream waters.”

As part of the consent agreement, PDC Mountaineer will also have to restore the affected wetlands and streams, and buy mitigation credits for the areas that cannot be restored.

Comments

  • Ladderback

    Who do these guys think they are — coal companies?

  • http://www.facebook.com/motoclown Lisa DeSantis

    They should be fined a billion dollars, but no, they get a slap on the wrist. IS WATER IMPORTANT TO YOU?!

  • Rich Bergen

    My question is does 177,000 fine even make a dent in the profitability just dumping.

  • Leigh Anne Keener

    Is that all that our internal organs are worth? This contamination has been in someones drinking water, and may still be!!!!

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