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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MarkWest Fined For Multiple Slurry Spills in Eastern Ohio

From The Columbus Dispatch:
It took more than two years, but the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with a pipeline company that repeatedly spilled thousands of gallons of drilling slurry into wetlands and streams in eastern Ohio. 
Under the agreement, MarkWest Energy Partners will pay more than $300,000 in fines for 19 spills in eastern Ohio from September 2012 to November 2013. Of that, $200,000 will go to the village of Cadiz, near one the largest spills, to pay for upgrades to the Harrison County community’s sewer system; $95,000 will go to the state; and $25,000 will go to researchers at Ohio State University to help find ways to prevent future pipeline spills. 
Environmental advocacy groups criticized the EPA last year for dragging its heels. Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler said the settlement took so long to reach in part because of the number of spills. 
“As we were negotiating this, we just put them all together into one settlement,” he said.
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