The Department of Environmental Protection’s investigation of PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC, lead to a fine for the Williamsport company of $150,000 for discharge violations during the Coal Mountain Pipeline’s construction in Lycoming County. The DEP initiated the investigation after bentonite discharges in the Second Fork of Larry’s creek occurred during construction of the pipeline in September, 2011. The investigation uncovered “multiple and continuing” violations of The Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act, and environmental regulations related to sediment discharges into streams.
For more information on the DEP’s actions, visit the official DEP news release.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center