PA Supreme Court Gives EQT “Procedural Victory” in $4.5M Fine Case

Over a year ago the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined PA driller EQT $4.53 million for a leaky wastewater impoundment in Tioga County, PA (see PA DEP Levies Biggest Fine Ever, $4.5M Against EQT). While EQT is not saying there wasn’t a problem with leaks at the site, they are saying the way the DEP is calculating the fine is unreasonable and arbitrary. In fact, EQT says the DEP levied the fine and took EQT to court because a few weeks prior EQT has sued the DEP. Seems to be a tit for tat thing going on. There is, more than a year later, a development in the case. EQT appealed the fine and the case to PA Supreme Court and the high court has just handed EQT a “procedural victory” by saying EQT has a point about the manner in which the DEP is calculating the fine. The Supreme Court has sent the case back to a lower court for follow up work…

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