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Range Resources to pay $1.75 million in settlement

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Range Resources has agreed to pay $1.75 million in a settlement with the Department of Environmental Protection for improper water withdrawal practices over a period of five years ending February 2014.

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The Texas-based operator didn't keep proper records and, at times, withdrew more water than was approved by the DEP under a water management plan that governs the company's use of state waterways for shale gas extraction activities.

"The company did not adhere to their plan," the agency wrote in a statement. Range has since changed its practices and submitted some of the missing and incorrect data to the DEP.

It was the company that discovered the bad record keeping and notified regulators, spokesman Matt Pitzarella said in a statement.

The penalty will be split into an $800,000 fine to the DEP and a $950,000 contribution towards work at the Hamilton Abandoned Mine Treatment System in Findlay Township, a project that uses a passive mine water treatment system to mitigate the impact of mine drainage in the Raccoon Creek Watershed.

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