Pa., Range resolve Lycoming County fine, appeal

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has settled an environmental case against Range Resources with no monetary penalty, Kallanish Energy reports.

The deal comes two years after the agency had proposed an $8.9 million fine.

That fine was imposed on May 11, 2015, after the state said the company had failed to fix a gas well that polluted residential wells, groundwater and a stream with methane in Lycoming County. Range had appealed the finding to the state’s Environmental Hearing Board.

The fine was rescinded in June 2016, shortly after DEP Secretary John Quigley, who had attacked Range Resources in announcing the fine, left the agency.

The case was quietly settled earlier this week.