Energy company to pay $62K penalty over self-reported violations

Michael P. Tremoglie Jul. 26, 2012, 5:49am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that Talisman Energy will pay a $62,457 penalty to settle allegations of hazardous chemical reporting violations at 52 hydraulic fracturing facilities throughout Pennsylvania.

The facilities include natural gas well sites and compressor stations. Talisman discovered the violations and self-disclosed them to the EPA, according to the announcement.

Talisman is a Canadian company that operates in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale area. The Company has about 217,000 net acres in Pennsylvania and is a player in the fracking industry.

The EPA said that the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requires companies that store specified amounts of hazardous chemicals to submit material safety data and lists of chemicals on site with state and local emergency response agencies and the local fire departments.

The safety data describes health risks associated with the chemicals and safe handling instructions.

Talisman's good faith cooperation with EPA, and its compliance efforts in self-disclosing and swiftly correcting the violation was reflected in the settlement, the communique stated. The company neither admitted nor denied the alleged violations.

The company will pay the $62,457 penalty for failing to file required chemical information for one or more of the past three years at each of the facilities included in the settlement.

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