On June 16, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection informed Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC, that it is seeking an $8.9 million civil penalty against the company for its violation of the Clean Streams Law and the Oil and Gas Act of 1984, (since the violation occurred in 2011, Pennsylvania Act 13 had not yet repealed the Oil and Gas Act of 1984).
Pennsylvania DEP is holding Range Resources responsible for the continuing contamination and pollution of private water supplies and a nearby stream in Lycoming County because of methane and other substances migrating from a gas well.
In September 2013, DEP sent the company a Notice of Violation requesting that faulty cement be repaired in the gas well casing. Range Resources did not initiate any action and, on May 11, 2015, DEP issued an order to the company for the submission of a remediation plan with a deadline of 10 days.
In their remediation plan, Range Resources planned to resolve the issue by beginning to produce gas from the well. DEP, however, rejected this pla n because it did not repair the problem.
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Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow