Pennsylvania agency rescinds fine against Range Resources

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pennsylvania’s Department of  Environmental Protection (DEP) has dropped its pursuit of a nearly $9 million fine against Range Resources-Appalachia LLC after the two sides reached an agreement over a Lycoming County natural gas well that regulators said leaked methane into drinking water supplies and streams. Texas-based Range Resources said in a filing with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board that it withdrew its appeal of the penalty on May 13, 2016 after DEP “fully rescinded” the proposed $8.95 million fine. However, the Post-Gazette says the company may face a penalty at a later stage in the gas migration case, which remains under investigation by DEP. For more, read the full story.