Bockis quoted on Environmental Hearing Board’s penalty for EQT

Bockis quoted on Environmental Hearing Board’s penalty for EQT
Agency might issue penalty to EQT before Supreme Court can hear case
Pennsylvania Record

Andy Bockis, a partner in the firm’s Environment and Natural Resources Practice, shares his thoughts on the ruling in EQT Production Company v. Department of Environmental Protection. The article explains that the decision in Commonwealth Court held that EQT Production Company is not in violation of the Clean Streams Law, even though the affected waters are still polluted as a result of previous discharges. The article also notes that an appeal by the DEP may be meaningless if the Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) sets a penalty amount for EQT this year.

“The interesting twist – while the Commonwealth Court’s decision was pending, the Environmental Hearing Board held a hearing on DEP’s civil penalty complaint, and the parties have just about wrapped up their briefing to the EHB,” said Andy in the article. “This means that the EHB will be in a position to adjudicate a penalty amount early this year, as opposed to the months it will take for the parties to brief DEP’s appeal to the Supreme Court.”

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