JAMES CITY, Pa. (AP) — A contractor has been charged with filing false federal documents claiming he had plugged three abandoned oil wells in northwestern Pennsylvania, information environmental regulators relied upon to approve an injection well in the area.
Online court documents don't list an attorney for 44-year-old Ronald A. Wright, who worked for Pleasantville-based S&T Services and Supply Inc.
Federal prosecutors say Wright filed three false Certificates of Well Plugging.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency relied on that information in recently granting a Safe Drinking Water Act permit to ARG Resources Inc. ARG had hired Wright's firm to plug the wells so ARG could get a permit for an injection well in Highland Township, Elk County, where the abandoned wells are located.
Highland Township officials are now hiring an attorney to appeal the permit approval.