PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EQT Corporation learned today that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in EQT’s favor in its dispute with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) regarding the Department’s interpretation of the Clean Streams law. This decision allows the Company’s case against the PADEP to proceed in the Commonwealth Court and rejects PADEP’s preliminary objections to the Company’s complaint.
The ongoing legal proceedings relate to a 2012 impoundment leak in Tioga County, caused by a third-party contractor conducting PADEP-approved water treatment. EQT immediately began a formal remediation process and subsequent sampling confirms the site meets statewide, health-based, soil clean-up standards. Additionally, a third-party consultant has concluded that a nearby High Quality stream is biologically healthy and sustaining a wild trout population.
In September 2014, in response to exorbitant penalty demands from PADEP, EQT Production filed an action for a declaratory judgment in Commonwealth Court challenging the PADEP’s interpretation of the Clean Streams Law. The Commonwealth Court granted PADEP’s preliminary objections to the Complaint and EQT appealed that holding to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
“We are pleased that the Supreme Court has recognized that our declaratory judgment complaint was properly before the Commonwealth Court,” said Lewis B. Gardner, EQT General Counsel and Vice President, External Affairs. “We look forward to a hearing before the Commonwealth Court on the PADEP’s erroneous legal interpretation of the Clean Streams Law.”
About EQT Corporation:
EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, and transmission. With more than 125 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work. EQT also owns a 90% limited partner interest in EQT GP Holdings, LP. EQT GP Holdings, LP owns the general partner interest, all of the incentive distribution rights, and a portion of the limited partner interests in EQT Midstream Partners, LP.
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