Man Who Tampered with Wells Gets ARD

A graduate student from Arizona who vandalized three gas and oil wells in the Allegheny National Forest in August has been accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.

21-year-old Jeffrey Branham of Prescott had been working to clear a trail with others from the Student Conservation Association when he broke off pressure gauges at wells owned by Howard Drilling, just west of Route 321 in Hamilton Township.

About one barrel of oil – or 42 gallons – spewed into the ground and onto nearby trees.

If Branham successfully completes the ARD program the charge of risking a catastrophe will be cleared from his record.

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