Gas driller pays $84k fine for Clean Air Act, hazardous chemicals violations

October 18, 2012

AVELLA, Pa. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a gas drilling company has agreed to pay $84,500 to settle alleged violations at natural gas production sites in western Pennsylvania.

Atlas Resources LLC, based in Pittsburgh, was cited for Clean Air Act violations and for failing to provide emergency responders with information on hazardous chemicals stored at a facility in Avella in 2008 and 2009. That's about 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Atlas says in a statement that it cooperated with EPA and agreed to install additional equipment at the site to protect the environment.

Atlas did not admit or deny EPA's allegations.

Associated Press 2012