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Pennsylvania Agency Fines Fracking Company $4.15M For Environmental Violations

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 4:36 PM EDT) -- HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Sept. 18, 2014, announced that it fined hydraulic fracturing operator Range Resources $4.15 million for violating environmental laws with regard to impoundments in Washington County.


Impoundments are pits that are lined with black nitrile material where the “flowback” fluids that are used in fracking get stored. Flowback fluids are the liquids that return to the surface after being injected into the well to conduct the hydraulic fracturing operation.

While many impoundments begin as freshwater...
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