Saturday, July 1, 2017

Post-Gazette: EQT Drilling Again Challenges The Way DEP Calculates Penalties In $1.1 Million Fine Appeal

Laura Legere reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Saturday Shale gas driller EQT again appealed a penalty levied by the Department of Environmental Protection because of the way the $1.1 million penalty was calculated.
The penalty was imposed by the Environmental Hearing Board at the end of May for a water contamination plume that leaked from a 6 million gallon wastewater impoundment at a Tioga County drill pad.
EQT alleges the way DEP has calculated penalties for more than 40 years, that each day is a separate offense, is illegal.
This new penalty appeal involves the same case that EQT previously appealed for the same reason and won in Commonwealth Court.  That ruling involved a $4.5 million fine that could be reduced to a mere fraction of that amount.
DEP appealed that ruling to the PA Supreme Court in mid-May as DEP also appealed this new penalty, largely to preserve their legal position in the main penalty case involving this same incident.
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