Midstream company Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering has paid over $300,000 in fines imposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for violations during the construction of two natural gas pipelines.

The DEP levied two separate fines totaling $306,570 for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and state regulations by PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering in 2012 and 2013.

Pennsylvania-based PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering was acquired by Regency in March 2014.

The largest of the two penalties was $275,000 issued for multiple “significant violations” during the construction of the Canton lateral natural gas pipeline in Lycoming and Tioga counties that caused erosion and sedimentation, the DEP said.

A DEP inspection of the pipeline uncovered unauthorized sediment discharges, stabilization issues, inadequate erosion and sedimentation controls and unauthorized encroachments into two stream crossings.

The DEP cited 39 violations at the two stream crossings during an eight month period.

A second penalty of $31,570 was issued for violations in Lick Run during PVR’s construction of the Wistar extension natural gas pipeline in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in April 2013.

“Many of these violations occurred over a significant period of time,” DEP director of district oil and gas operations John Ryder said.

PVR eventually corrected all violations. Dallas-based Regency paid the penalties on August 29.


Leave a Reply