PVR Partners, L.P. Enters Consent Agreement with Pennsylvania DEP
RADNOR, Pa., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 7, 2013, PVR Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) entered into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") for a Consent Assessment for Civil Penalty ("CACP") issued in connection with alleged storm water violations associated with pipeline construction activity in Lycoming County during 2011.
The settlement with the DEP concerns violations that are alleged to have occurred during late summer and fall 2011, and stem from soil sediment contained in storm water runoff alleged to have originated from pipeline construction sites operated by a PVR contractor. The violation notices issued by the DEP cite soil erosion and stream sedimentation incidents following the extraordinary rainfall that occurred in the area during August, September, and October 2011. Rainfall exceeded the historic average by 13 inches during this period of 2011, which included two significant weather events, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. A record total rainfall of 15.97 inches during September 2011 was reported by the nearest official weather reporting station in Williamsport. This record rainfall amount was more than four times the normal September monthly average, and 26 percent greater than the previous monthly record. Much of the rainfall was associated with Tropical Storm Lee, which caused heavy flooding and extensive property damage not only in Lycoming County, but also across much of Pennsylvania and in other states in the southern and eastern US. PVR agreed to pay a $150,000 civil penalty to settle the alleged violations.
Bill Shea, President and Chief Executive Officer of PVR's general partner, said; "PVR is pleased to announce this agreement with the Pennsylvania DEP to resolve the erosion and sedimentation issues at our Lycoming County Pipeline construction sites during a period of record rainfall. PVR is committed to operating our business in full compliance with all regulatory requirements. We regret that the extraordinary rainfall overwhelmed the mitigation capacity of our contractor's erosion control measures in some locations. We value the good working relationship that we have established with the Pennsylvania DEP, and appreciate their recognition of our efforts to quickly remedy the alleged violations and to positively resolve this civil enforcement action."
PVR Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) is a publicly traded limited partnership which owns and operates a network of natural gas midstream pipelines and processing plants, and owns and manages coal and natural resource properties. Our midstream assets, located principally in Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, provide gathering, transportation, compression, processing, dehydration and related services to natural gas producers. Our coal and natural resource properties, located in the Appalachian, Illinois and San Juan basins, are leased to experienced operators in exchange for royalty payments.
Stephen R. Milbourne
Director - Investor Relations
SOURCE PVR Partners, L.P.
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