File this under “Violators WILL be held accountable for their actions”

We applaud the Pennsylvania DEP after reading the report yesterday on‘s website which stated that Catalyst Energy, Inc. has been fined $185,000 for water contamination, erosion violations and spills. Oh my!

It should be noted that these violations occurred at Catalyst’s non-Marcellus oil and gas drilling sites in Forest, McKean and Warren Counties in Pennsylvania. In Forest County, there were 14 incidents of water contamination, with water samples showing higher levels of iron, manganese and methane than in samples taken prior to the start of drilling in those areas. Sloppy, sloppy.

Read the article to see what other fun things occurred at Catalyst’s sites, and tell us what you think. Is enough being done? Should there be more controls put in place?