More than four years after a WPX Energy Appalachia wastewater impoundment leaked and contaminated the drinking water of five Westmoreland County families, the shale gas company has agreed to pay the state a $1.2 million penalty.
. . . She said DEP consent orders issued over the past three years requiring WPX to replace the permanent residential water supplies don’t specify the amounts of water the company needs to provide, and the filtration systems the company installed in the five residences don’t come close to meeting the families’ needs.
“We did house visits and saw the point of entry filtration systems,” Ms. Marshall said. “My interview notes say that on the high end, one family estimated the reverse osmosis system made three gallons every six hours. A different family estimated theirs produced one gallon every two days.”