Record $4.5M fine pursued against gas driller | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania environmental regulators are pursuing a record $4.5 million fine against a shale gas driller over what they describe as a major case of pollution from a leaking waste pit.

The Department of Environmental Protection filed a civil complaint Tuesday against EQT Corp., accusing the Pittsburgh-based company of polluting streams and groundwater and harming trees and vegetation around its Tioga County impoundment.

The company has been uncooperative during the investigation and “fails to recognize the ongoing environmental harm” from its impoundment, Acting DEP Secretary Dana Aunkst said in a statement.

EQT, one of the biggest drillers in the Marcellus Shale, this time responded aggressively, noting the agency filed its administrative complaint less than a month after EQT took regulators to court over their interpretation of the state’s Clean Streams Law.

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