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Ohio Regulators Shut Down Brine Hauler After Illegal Dumping

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has ordered Harch Environmental Resources Inc., a brine waste hauler, to cease operations in the state after finding evidence that the company illegally dumped oilfield waste at a farm in Belmont County. Regulators also took aim at Gulfport Energy Corp., which had contracted with the hauler.

June 7, 2013

D&L Energy CEO Faces Charge Over Ohio Dumping

Authorities have charged D&L Energy Inc. CEO Ben Lupo with one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) after allegedly ordering an employee to dump oilfield waste into a storm drain that empties into the Mahoning River near Youngstown, OH.

February 19, 2013

D&L CEO Charged in Ohio Dumping

Authorities have charged D&L Energy Inc. CEO Ben Lupo with one count of violating the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) after allegedly ordering an employee to dump oilfield waste into a storm drain that empties into the Mahoning River near Youngstown, OH.

February 18, 2013

Transocean Agrees to Pay $1.4B for Macondo Blowout

Transocean Ltd., which owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) and to pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties in relation to the April 2010 deepwater Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

January 7, 2013

Transocean Agrees to Pay $1.4B for Macondo Blowout

Transocean Ltd., which owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) and to pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties in relation to the April 2010 deepwater Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

January 4, 2013

Alliance Fined for Trying to Mislead Shippers on Unsubscribed Capacity

Alliance Pipeline has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $500,000 for violating FERC regulations with respect to capacity auctions two years ago, specifically giving shippers a misleading impression about the amount of unsubscribed capacity on its system.

December 4, 2012

Chesapeake Fined $600,000 for Violating Clean Water Act

A Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary on Friday was fined $600,000 and placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) in order to build a roadway to a natural gas drilling site in northern West Virginia.

October 9, 2012

Kinder Morgan to Pay Penalty for Alleged CAA Violations

Kinder Morgan Upstream LLC has agreed to pay $316,000 in penalties for allegedly violating the risk management plan requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at its natural gas plants in Casper and Douglas, WY, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday.

September 24, 2012

Industry Brief

Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) on Wednesday slapped a $104,300 penalty on Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) for violating an order directing it to correct the use of its “refusal of service” requirements. The UTC action alleges that PSE in October 2010 provided “inaccurate or misleading information” to some of its customers, including low-income people, regarding how much they were required to pay to reconnect their gas and electric utility service. In addition, the regulators alleged that the combination utility misled or inaccurately informed customers who had been disconnected for nonpayment. UTC ordered the utility to correct the mishandling of 26 customer accounts, all of which were part of a random sampling of hundreds of disconnected customer accounts. The state regulatory panel said a UTC staff investigation subsequently found that PSE had “failed to correct its mishandling” of the accounts, and alleged that the utility committed 515 violations.

October 27, 2011

Sierra Club: Pennsylvania Parks Drilling Violates Federal Law

The Sierra Club alleges in a letter to the National Park Service (NPS) that Pennsylvania is violating federal law by allowing natural gas drilling on protected state park and forest land.

July 8, 2011
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