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West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline company has paid a $14,440 fine to settle an environmental complaint stemming from a ruptured pipe in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that Williams Ohio Valley Midstream paid the penalty after 132 barrels of natural gas components discharged last year in Moundsville. Media outlets report the components ...

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Energy firm to pay $1M over issues at Pa. gas well

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PITTSBURGH — A landslide, wastewater spill and other issues at a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas drilling site are resulting in a $1 million fine. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday that Vantage Energy of Englewood, Colorado, has to pay the money immediately and clean up the site by the end of 2015. The newspaper says the company signed an agreement last week ...

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Wyoming lawmakers discuss fatal-accident fines


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming state legislators are discussing whether to require a $50,000 fine for any company where a safety violation causes the death of one of its workers. The draft legislation heads before the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee in Cheyenne on Tuesday. The proposal is a compromise between Democratic state Rep. Mary Throne of Cheyenne and ...

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Company fined $7,000 for death at Lovell plant

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Western Sugar Cooperative has paid a $7,000 fine in connection with a workplace accident that killed a woman at its beet-processing plant in Lovell early this year. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services issued citations to Western Sugar alleging 12 violations following the January death of 28-year-old Anfesa Galaktionoff. She died after falling through an open ...

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Kansas levies $75,000 fine, shutdown order on oil company


Dion Lefler | Wichita Eagle Saying a Lenexa oil company had reaped more than $1 million on illegal drilling operations, the Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday turned a $100 violation into a $75,000 fine and ordered commission staff to shut down and seal the company’s wells. Since June 2013, Viva International Inc. has been penalized on 87 different violations of ...

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Pennsylvania DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine


Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Range Resources will pay penalties totaling $4.15 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County that caused soil and groundwater contamination. It’s the largest fine ever imposed against a Marcellus Shale gas drilling company, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order ...

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OH wastewater dumper asks judge for sympathy


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A man charged with illegally dumping fracking wastewater into Ohio’s Mahoning river is asking a judge for leniency in advance of his trial next week, reports WFMJ Youngstown. Mark Goff, 46, of Newton Falls, OH is accused of following an illegal order from his boss, Ben Lupo, to dispose of the gas and oil ...

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Truck driver charged with illegal oilfield dumping: Wyoming company could face more than $1M in penalties


By Amy Dalrymple , Forum News Service WILLISTON — Criminal charges have been filed against a truck driver accused of illegally dumping oilfield waste in western North Dakota, and the trucking company he worked for could face more than $1 million in civil penalties, officials said Tuesday. Leo Slemin, a driver with Black Hills Trucking of Wyoming, has been charged with a ...

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County prosecutor first to go after dumping


By Lauren Donovan, The Bismark Tribune Tuesday’s announcement by the North Dakota attorney general that he will prosecute a truck driver for illegally dumping oil well saltwater on a public road in Williams County is not the first case of its kind in the oil patch. In fact, while Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said his office has charged the driver in a February ...

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