PA DEP Says 2010 EQT Spill Polluted Water Spring, EQT Appeals

appealThe Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) seems to have a grudge against EQT. Last October the DEP levied a $4.5 million fine against EQT over a leaky wastewater impoundment in Tioga County, PA (see PA DEP Levies Biggest Fine Ever, $4.5M Against EQT). At the time it was the biggest-ever fine by the DEP, since surpassed by an even bigger fine against Marcellus driller Range Resources. Right after the DEP levied its fine, the now-indicted-on-felony charges Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, issued an arrest warrant against EQT for the same thing (see PA Attorney Gen. Kane Abuses Office Again, Arrest Warrant for EQT). These days Kane is doing all she can to stay out of jail herself. In September, the DEP issued a new order/finding that says EQT spilled drilling fluid on the ground at a drill site that seeped into a local fresh water spring, polluting it to the point it’s no longer usable. Thing is, the accidental spill happened in 2010–more than five years ago! How and why in the world did it take five years to investigate something like that? EQT is pushing back. Earlier this week they filed an appeal…

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