The DEP consent order requires the company to pay the $4.2 million fine – the largest against an oil and gas operator since Marcellus and Utica shale drilling started in Pennsylvania – close five impoundments and upgrade two others to meet higher standards that are currently under development.
DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “This landmark consent order establishes a new, higher benchmark for companies to meet when designing future impoundments, which is an environmental win for Pennsylvania.”
Violations at the impoundments include various releases of contaminants, such as leaking flowback that affected soil and groundwater. To date there has been no impact on drinking water.