Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Industry Caused 365 Spills in 2012, But Few Fines Levied

An investigation by EnergyWire shows how rare it is that drillers get fined for spills nationwide. In Pennsylvania, state regulators fined energy companies in just 13 percent of the cases where violations were issued for 2012.

If Kristi Mogen causes a crash on the road, she knows she will probably get a ticket and have to pay a fine. So she’s frustrated that Wyoming officials didn’t fine Chesapeake Energy Corp. for an April 2012 blowout near her home outside Douglas, Wyo. The ruptured gas well spewed gas and chemicals for three days, forcing her and her neighbors to evacuate their homes.

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