COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
Department of Environmental Protection Northcentral Regional Office
WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined M.R. Dirt Inc. of Towanda, Bradford County, $6,000 for a residual waste sludge spill last September at the Avis exit of U.S. Route 220 in Pine Creek Township, Clinton County.
"M.R. Dirt was clearly negligent because a company employee drove away even though he observed that the seven tons of gas well drilling wastewater sludge had spilled from his vehicle,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell.
A nearby PennDOT work crew witnessed the incident, contacted the county emergency management agency that, in turn, notified DEP.
After investigating the spill, DEP requested M.R. Dirt to hire a cleanup contractor and the company complied.
The fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund that is used to pay for cleanups across the state
For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, or call 570-327-3659.