The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced a settlement with EXCO Resources (PA), LLC for violations of the federal law designed to protect underground sources of drinking water.
The violations occurred at the company’s brine disposal well located at Brady Field in Bell Township, Clearfield County, Pa.
Under the terms of the Consent Agreement with EPA, EXCO is required to pay a civil penalty of $159,624 and comply with the conditions of its underground injection control permit. The company must also rework the well in accordance with an EPA-approved plan to comply with federal mechanical integrity standards for brine disposal wells, which require multiple levels of protection to prevent contamination of underground sources of drinking water.
According to information provided by the company in response to a September 2011 information request from EPA, the disposal well failed mechanical integrity sometime in early April 2011. The company failed to notify EPA in a timely manner as required by law, and continued to inject brine into the well through August 2011.
The agreement resolved violations of federal Underground Injection Control (UIC) regulations issued under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The order was finalized on March 30, following a 40 day public comment period.
As part of the settlement, EXCO has begun reworking the well following approval of the plan by EPA. EPA technical staff has been actively working with the company to address the violations, and to ensure that the company is taking proper measures to rework the well.