Drilling company will pay to settle stream pollution charges

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Marcellus Shale gas drilling company EOG Resources Inc. has agreed to pay the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission $93,710 to settle charges it polluted Little Laurel Run, a "high quality" trout stream in Clearfield County, from December 2010 through March 2011.

The Houston, Texas-based gas drilling company also agreed to pay $65,000 for an environmental project in the creek's watershed. That additional money will be placed in a Fish and Boat Commission restricted account until the project is developed.

The settlement in lieu of civil damages and fines was the fourth between EOG and the Fish Commission this year and the second involving illegal pollutants discharged into Little Laurel Run. Other settlements involved Marcellus Shale gas well pollutants discharged into Alex Branch and into an aquifer feeding a locally famous spring at the Sykesville Hunting Camp on the Alex Branch and its tributaries.

EOG has paid settlements to the Fish Commission for the water pollution incidents totaling $302,335 this year.

The commission has a toll-free hotline for the public to report pollution incidents or fish kills at 1-855-347-4545.



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