Colorado energy firm to pay $1 million over spill, landslide at Pennsylvania gas drilling site

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A landslide, wastewater spill and other issues at a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas drilling site are resulting in a $1 million fine.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday ( ) that Vantage Energy of Englewood, Colorado, has to pay the money immediately and clean up the site by the end of 2015.

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The newspaper says the company signed an agreement last week with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP tells the Tribune-Review that a landslide at the Greene County shale well pad damaged and blocked streams. State regulators say that was before a contractor dumped wastewater at the site near Waynesburg.

A telephone message left at Vantage's headquarters wasn't immediately returned. The newspaper says Vantage produced gas from 14 wells, all in Greene County, in the first half of 2014.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,