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Consol Energy faces lawsuit over massive fish kill in Pennsylvania creek

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Consol Energy is facing a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission over toxic coal mining contamination which led to a massive fish kill in a local creek.

According to a report from The Intelligencer and Wheeling (W.Va.) News-Register, the Pennsylvania agency has filed a lawsuit against the regional energy giant, blaming its coal mining waste for a massive fish kill in Dunkard Creek in 2009.

Consol has already paid more than $205 million in federal fines from the Environmental Protection Agency related to the fish kill, blamed on a “golden algae bloom” in Dunkard Creek.

The lawsuit from the Fish and Boat Commission believes the algae bloom resulted in the deaths of “nearly 65,000 fish, mussels and salamanders,” according to the local news report. It has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Consol is being blamed for the fish kill. The kill was the result of coal mining waste in Dunkard Creek, a tributary of Monongahela River.

Though some reports indicate the pollution could be the result of nearby hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activity, the Fish and Boat Commission seems unconvinced of that theory and blasts Consol Energy in its complaint, according to the report, which cites the lawsuits.

The Fish and Boat Commission believes Consol Energy is guilty of “illegal, toxic discharges” into Dunkard Creek and it acted with “willful, wanton and malicious” disregard for the safety of the creek.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Consol Energy faces lawsuit over massive fish kill in Pennsylvania creek was posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 6:54 am at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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