Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on July 22 said he was charging the National Fuel Gas Supply Co., a unit of National Fuel Gas Co. and subcontractor Southeast Directional Drilling LLC with environmental crimes.
"These companies are being charged for polluting an unnamed tributary and groundwater in Washington County," Shapiro said in a social media post.
Last month, a state grand jury's report highlighted the failure of government agencies to oversee the oil and gas fracking industry and protect residents from the inherent risks of industry operations.
The report followed previous criminal findings against two E&P companies—Range Resources Corp. and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.—for repeated violations of Pennsylvania environmental laws.
Fracking—and horizontal drilling techniques—have produced massive amounts of natural gas and oil in the U.S. over the past decade.
Brad Casper’s resignation takes effect Aug. 31. Casper had served as president of U.S. Silica since his promotion to the position in January 2020.
The move comes as the November presidential election looms and the Trump administration aims to complete several more deregulatory actions on the spring Unifed Agenda, a list of its policy priorities.
Riviera Resources engaged EnergyNet to market its remaining upstream assets, CEO David Rottino says, with plans for the transactions to close by fourth-quarter 2020.