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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Man Who Lied to Feds About Well-Plugging
Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

A contractor who lied to the government about plugging abandoned oil wells in Elk County has been sentenced to six months in prison.

45-year-old Ronald Wright of Pleasantville must also pay more than $236,000 restitution to his former employee, S&T Services and Supply to cover costs of re-plugging 95 wells. ARG Resources had contracted with S&T to plug the abandoned wells so they would be in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act before doing work in the Allegheny National Forest.

During his sentencing in federal court in Erie he apologized for filed false certificates that environmental regulators used to approve an injection well in Elk County.

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