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NY DEC seeks fines for inadequate stormwater controls at PA drilling sites and roads
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed an administrative complaint seeking an order requiring U.S. Energy Development Corporation to pay $187,500 for water quality violations associated with Pennsylvania drilling activities that affected Yeager Brook in Cattaraugus County, NY. DEC is also requiring that U.S. Energy install appropriate stormwater and erosion controls to prevent any future water quality impacts in New York state. “We will not allow U.S. Energy’s actions in Pennsylvania to negatively impact New York’s waters,” said DEC Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel Steven Russo Three separate incidents of water quality violations caused turbidity in Yeager Brook from stormwater runoff. DEC and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation investigated and found that during heavy rain events in September 2011, December 2011 and January 2012 significant amounts of sediment from U.S. Energy’s mining roads and well pads in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest washed into nearby waterways, resulting in severe turbidity in the waters of Yeager Brook within Allegany State, NY Park. See DEC’s complaint at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/legal_protection_pdf/usenergy.pdf.