Friday, July 6, 2012

Natural gas processor to pay $3.54M over tribal land pollution

A gas processing company will modify or close some operations on historic tribal land, pay a civil penalty of $3.65 million and give a tribal trust fund $350,000 to settle a lawsuit filed four years ago.

The legal action had alleged QEP Field Services Co. failed to control hazardous air pollution at facilities in the Uintah Basin.

The company denied allegations raised in the lawsuit, but agreed to a consent decree entered in federal court Tuesday after "vigorous" settlement negotiations and to "avoid further costs and uncertainty of litigation." Salt Lake Tribune