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EPA Fines Talisman Energy For Fracking Violations

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Gas workers on a Marcellus Shale drill site.

Talisman Energy will pay more than $62,000 in penalties for violations at 52 natural gas wells and compressor stations in Pennsylvania over the past three years. The company self-disclosed the violations to the EPA. Talisman failed to file health and safety information about the chemicals used on-site with state and local emergency response agencies and fire departments. The EPA announced the consent decree through a press release.

“Compliance with these requirements is important for the health and safety of facility occupants and first responders in the event of discharge or accidental exposure to hazardous chemicals. The required information also provides valuable information to emergency planners.”

Material Safety Data Sheets filed with local authorities are required under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provide both employees and emergency responders with information on how to safely handle and dispose of harmful chemicals.

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