Gas driller settle dispute over contamination

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 1, 2017 12:25 PM


(Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)

(HARRISBURG) -- Pennsylvania environmental regulators and the state's most active gas driller have reached a settlement on claims the Texas-based company failed to repair a natural gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream.

The Department of Environmental Protection had initially pursued a record $8.9 million fine against Range Resources over the methane contamination in Lycoming County.

Settlement documents filed this week do not require Range to pay a penalty, but give the department the right to pursue one in the future.

The settlement says Range and the state agency dropped litigation to ``focus their limited resources on a technical resolution of the matter.''

The agency said the colorless, odorless gas was detected in private water supplies and a stream following drilling and hydraulic fracturing at a Lycoming County site in 2011. 

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