Pennsylvania DEP drills company for soil erosion violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a total of $185,000 in fines against Catalyst Energy Inc., according to WaterWorld. The oil and gas drilling company received the penalties as a result of erosion and pollution violations from its business activities.

The DEP discovered a severe erosion violation as Catalyst failed to control sediment runoff at several work sites, reports WaterWorld. The government agency issued drilling sanctions against Catalyst, and the company must receive DEP permission before developing or drilling new or existing wells in the future. In addition, the DEP will inspect Catalyst’s operations to ensure the drilling company complies with state laws and regulations while following appropriate environmental cleanup guidelines.

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