2010-07-01 / Local & State

2 From Kansas Firm Get House Arrest For Pa. Brine

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Two men from a Kansas oil-drilling firm were sentenced to three years’ probation, including house arrest, for dumping 200,000 gallons of brine water down two abandoned oil wells in Pennsylvania Allegheny National Forest.

Wichita-based Swamp Angel Energy’s part-owner, 66- year-old Michael Evans, of La Quinta, Calif., and the company’s site supervisor, 54-yearold John Morgan, of Sheffield, Pa., each pleaded guilty to felony violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in February.

On Thursday, a federal judge in Erie sentenced both to probation, but gave Evans 10 months of house arrest and a $5,000 fine because he ordered the dumping. Morgan got eight months on house arrest and a $4,000 fine.

Brine is a saltwater drilling byproduct that must be hauled away or disposed of in regulated ways.

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