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Trans Energy to restore state streams in agreement

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Oil and gas company Trans Energy Inc. has agreed to restore portions of streams and wetlands in West Virginia that were damaged by natural gas extraction activities.

The U.S. Department of Justice says the restoration is part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Federal officials say the 15 sites in West Virginia were polluted by Trans Energy’s unauthorized discharge of dredge or fill material. The company also will pay a $3 million to be divided by state and federal governments.

Officials allege that the company impounded streams and discharged sand, dirt, rocks and other materials into streams and wetlands without a federal permit.

The agreement would resolve both federal and state violations. It is subject to court approval.

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