Pa. water plants fined by EPA for drilling waste

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency is fining three western Pennsylvania wastewater plants for discharging natural gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River or tributaries that feed it.

The fines are contained in a consent agreement with Hart Resources Technology Inc. and Pennsylvania Brine Treatment Inc., which ran the plants in Indiana and Venango counties when the discharges happened between February 2007 and August 2011.

The companies have since merged to form Fluid Recovery Services of Canonsburg, where officials didn’t answer the phone Friday and didn’t respond to a request for comment by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/11fd95d ), which first reported the fines.

Pennsylvania Brine operated a plant in Franklin and one in Josephine. Hart operated a plant in Creekside.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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