The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered a group of Rice Energy subsidiaries to pay $3.5 million in fines.

The DEP has assessed the subsidiaries for multiple violations of environmental laws at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations.

Subsidiaries that are part of the enforcement actions are Rice Drilling B, Rice Poseidon Midstream and Rice Midstream Holdings.

Sites formerly owned by Alpha Shale Resources, now owned and operated by Rice, are also included.

The agency said that the violations “span several years” and include failure to obtain required permits, failure to maintain erosion and sedimentation controls, releasing wastewater to the ground and waters of the Commonwealth and failure to have a pre-operational inspection of a well site by DEP prior to drilling.

The fines include $1,633,550 for leaks from an unpermitted wastewater impoundment and insufficient erosion and sediment controls, failure to stabilize the well site and other violations at two well sites in Jackson and Center Townships in Greene County.

The DEP imposed a $1,314,275 fine for failure to obtain a permit before earthmoving activities, failure to obtain a pre-operational inspection prior to drilling and multiple erosion and sediment control violations in Washington and Greene counties.

The subsidiaries were  fined $437,100 for erosion and sediment control violations and a well casing violation at sites in Washington and Greene counties.

The agency imposed a $97,852 fine for failing to obtain a permit for a culvert, illegally discharging into a waterway and erosion and sediment control violations at sites in Washington and Greene counties.

The subsidiaries were fined $14,850 for slope failure and sediment discharge outside of the permitted limit of disturbance at sites in Greene County.

The DEP ordered a $11,750 fine for violations associated with the company’s “failure to maintain” erosion and sedimentation controls in Washington County.

The subsidiaries were also fined $35,075 for well site stabilization, casing, and road construction violations in Greene County.

DEP and Rice Energy signed seven separate enforcement documents addressing the violations that occurred at the Washington and Greene Counties sites.

Rice Energy has paid all civil penalties imposed by the DEP and has either corrected or is under an enforceable schedule to correct the violations at its sites, the agency said.


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