54-year-old Ronald Wright of Pleasantville said he plugged the wells while he was working for S & T Services and Supply, but not to the depth he claimed in reports filed with the government.
ARG Resources wanted to use a combination of injection and production wells designed to increase the amount of oil from wells on the forest. Permits for injection wells require that all abandoned wells within ¼ mile of the new injection wells be plugged.
ARG Resources entered into a contract with S &T to plug the wells so ARG would be in compliance with the permitting process under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Fluids associated with oil and natural gas drilling, including brine, are deposited in Class II injection wells.
Wright faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on December 22.