Pa. won't pursue $8.9M fine against natural gas driller

Written by The Associated Press | May 24, 2016 1:21 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- State environmental regulators are not pursuing an $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy company previously accused of repeatedly failing to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream. 

They had said stray gas caused elevated methane levels in several water wells in the north-central part of the state. 

Range Resources-Appalachia has been notified the state won't pursue the fine for alleged violations associate with the gas well. 

The company withdrew its appeal of the proposed penalty after the state rescinded it. 

Range denies it caused the contamination. 

The fine was dropped in an unreleased agreement, but Range is expected to face a penalty later. 

A state spokesman says they're investigating and will take appropriate action.

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