Pennsylvania orders gas well plugged in fight over methane

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is warning Range Resources to fix a Marcellus Shale natural gas well that it maintains has leaked methane since 2011 and contaminated groundwater and streams in north-central Pennsylvania. Wolf's Department of Environmental Protection issued an order Monday that gives Range Resources two months to submit a plan to reduce the gas migration and, after the department approves the plan, four months to submit a plan to plug the well. Range Resources contends that the methane in the groundwater is naturally-occurring. Range has 30 days to appeal the order to the Environmental Hearing Board.

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