Firm to Pay $306K for W.Va. Stream Pollution
13 February 2013
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The operator of a gas processing plant in
Wetzel County has agreed to pay $306,000 in fines for erosion
problems that repeatedly polluted a northern West Virginia stream.
MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources admits no wrongdoing
under the proposed settlement order with the state Department of
Environmental Protection but waives its right to appeal. It also
must submit stream-restoration and corrective-action plans.
DEP is taking public comment through March 22.
It alleges MarkWest repeatedly violated the West Virginia Water
Pollution Act at a construction site in Mobley between October
2011 and July 2012.
DEP says serious erosion and multiple soil slips resulted in the
pollution and obstruction of an unnamed tributary of the North
Fork of Fishing Creek with sediment, trees and other debris.
Repair attempts resulted in further violations.