Driller’s Groundwater Pollution Draws $1.2M Fine

By Marcellus Shale – CBS Pittsburgh HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Tulsa, Oklahoma-based oil and natural gas exploration company is paying $1.2 million for polluting groundwater supplying five households in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2012.
The state Department of Environmental Protection announced the fine Monday against WPX Energy, which agreed to it in a December consent agreement.
Officials say that a leak from a wastewater pit polluted groundwater below WPX’s Kalp wellsite in Westmoreland County, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. WPX says it paid for bottled water and water-treatment systems at the affected households. The company still must show that it has cleaned up the groundwater.
WPX says no

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