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Gulfport pays $250,000 fine for problems at seven well pads

By Bob Downing Published: September 11, 2013

Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy has paid a $250,000 fine after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources discovered "ground contamination" at seven natural gas well pads in eastern Ohio.

The company must clean up the contamination and plant new vegetation at the sites in Belmont and Harrison counties.

ODNR spokesman Mark Bruce said one of the agency's inspectors found contamination at a Harrison County well, which prompted a more thorough investigation.

The state found that brine and other drilling fluids were escaping from underneath the containment liner of the Gulfport pads,, the state said.

"There are really two problems here," said Bruce. "There should not have been a fluids spill in the first place. But then, they had a ripped liner, which allowed the fluids to escape into the environment."

The "compliance agreement" to which Gulfport agreed states the company failed to "properly construct and maintain the dikes and pits ... in a manner that would prevent the escape of brine and crude oil."

Bruce said Gulfport tested several local water wells but found no contamination. There also was no pollution in streams or ponds.

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