Fines aren't expected in Range Resources drilling violations

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 24, 2016 2:25 AM

FILE PHOTO: (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

(Washington) --  An oil and gas operator says it's trying to bring dozens of its Pennsylvania drilling sites into compliance with environmental laws.

A Range Resources spokesman says the company is working the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The agency says dozens of the company's Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling pads in Washington and Allegheny counties weren't cleaned within nine months after drilling.

Marcellus Shale is a sedimentary rock that contains natural gas deposits.

An agency spokesman sats most violations began in 2014 and 2015.

Some dated back to 2012.

An investigation came after the company responded to a letter last summer requesting a status update on the wells' restorations.

State officials tell The Observer-Reporter the violations aren't expected to lead to fines.

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