Gulfport Slapped With $250,000 Fine For Contamination at Fracking Sites

From the Canton Repository:
Gulfport Energy has paid a $250,000 fine and agreed to change the way it builds drilling pads after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources found contaminated soil at seven of the company’s well sites.
It is the first fine to be levied against a horizontal shale driller in the state, said Mark Bruce, ODNR spokesman, and could be a prelude to higher standards for pad construction.
ODNR inspectors found contamination from brine  — salty water often found in gas and oil deposits — and other drilling fluids in May and June at well pads in Harrison and Belmont counties. Drilling at the sites ceased following the discovery.
Bruce said the spills happened because of incorrect handling. The liquid then escaped through rips in protective pad liners and into the soil.
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