Pennsylvania seeks record penalty from EQT for fracking damages

Reuters reports that Pennsylvania regulators are seeking a record $4.5 million penalty from EQT Corp. for damages allegedly caused by the release of hydraulic fracturing fluids from a natural gas drilling site in the Marcellus shale region. The news service says the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed the complaint with the Environmental Hearing Board, requesting the civil penalty for what DEP called a "major pollution incident" in 2012 in Tioga County. An EQT attorney told Reuters that the timing of the DEP complaint is suspect and the “exorbitant proposed penalty is inconsistent with both past and recent agency practice."

Oil & Gas Litigation, Pennsylvania