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Energy Firm Cited for Environmental Violations

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 4:51am
the Associated Press

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State regulators have fined Catalyst Energy $185,000 for environmental violations that include contaminating water supplies in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced the penalty against Pittsburgh-based Catalyst on Wednesday.

Officials say the violations occurred at Catalyst's oil and gas well operations in Forest, McKean and Warren counties.

The agency says Catalyst's drilling activities contaminated 14 water supplies in Hickory Township, Forest County. Officials also cited the company for oil and fluid spills at some sites, and for discharging sediment into a local waterway.

Agency Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch says Catalyst has remediated some of the problems. Burch says Catalyst is working under a negotiated timetable to rectify other violations.

A Catalyst spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

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