A Colorado fracking corporation has been ordered by the Department of Justice to pay $3.15 million in fines for violations to the Clean Water Act that occurred in West Virginia.
The settlement was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, and is a penalty for “unauthorized disposal of dredged and fill materials into waters of the United States.” The alleged violations occurred in Harrison, Doddridge and Tyler counties in West Virginia.
“This settlement seeks to rectify harm done to U.S. waters from unauthorized activities undertaken by Antero, and demonstrates that federal and state regulators are committed to pursuing violations that threaten human health and the environment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.
In addition to the multi-million dollar fine, Antero will be responsible for the mitigation and restoration of damaged areas — the cost of which is estimated by the EPA to be $8 million.
“The Department of Justice is pleased to join with the EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in reaching this settlement and will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to hold corporations accountable for violating the nation’s environmental laws,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.