From the Associated Press:
A West Virginia natural gas driller will pay $177,500 to settle charges it disturbed wetlands and streams while building well pads and pipelines in Harrison County.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced the terms of an administrative consent order with PDC Mountaineer of Bridgeport on Thursday.
It requires the company to restore wetlands and complete mitigation projects at four sites associated with the D'Annunzio and Hudkins well pads.
PDCM does not admit any wrongdoing.
EPA says the driller failed to obtain federal permits required to disturb or fill wetlands and streams. Further investigation found it had committed other violations while building two pipelines.
In all, EPA says about 1,500 feet of stream was permanently affected, while 3,000 feet was temporarily damaged.
The wetlands and streams ultimately flow into the West Fork River.
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