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Pennsylvania Gas Driller to Pay $1.9M for Damage to Wetlands, Waterways

One of the most active natural gas exploration firms in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $1.9 million after it disclosed in 2014 that its construction work had damaged waterways and wetlands, without proper permits, according to paperwork filed in federal …

Colorado Refinery to Pay $9M for Air Violations

The Canada-based owner-operator of a Denver, Colo.-area oil refinery will pay $9 million to settle air quality violations dating to 2017, state officials announced Friday. The settlement with Calgary-based Suncor Energy is the biggest leveled by the Colorado Department of …

OSHA Fines Companies After 2 Killed at Oregon Festival

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined two companies for safety violations that led to the deaths of two workers at a Portland, Ore., area music festival. OSHA issued $31,000 in fines to Pickathon LLC and GuildWorks LLC …

California Refinery Hit With $125K in Safety Violations

Federal officials have fined a Southern California refinery $125,000 for chemical safety and risk-management violations, according to a newspaper report. The violations stem from a 2016 investigation into Torrance Refinery, which found equipment designed to help contain an accidental release …

Washington Dairy Bottling Plant Hit with $1.8M Fine for Safety Violations

A Battle Ground, Wash., dairy bottling and distribution operation has been hit with a large fine for multiple violations after a worker’s hand was crushed in the bottling plant. The Department of Labor & Industries has fined Green Willow Trucking, …

California Vineyard Hit with $3.7M Fine for Bulldozing Wetland

California regulators say a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and winemaker has agreed to pay $3.76 million in penalties after his company bulldozed a protected wetland and filled in a stream bed to build a vineyard in Mendocino County. The Santa …

Washington Commissioner Deems Zenefits’ Free Software Offer Illegal

This story has been updated with comment from Zenefits. Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered Zenefits to cease free distribution of its employee benefits software, saying the tactic violates state insurance law against inducements. Washington is the first state to …

Construction Firm Hit with $79.9K Fine for Excavation Hazards in Houston

Federal safety officials have fined SER Construction Partners Ltd. $79,900 for three safety violations at a site in Houston, Texas. SER Construction Partners Ltd. based in Pasadena, Texas, specializes in heavy civil construction and employs about 370 employees. The Occupational …

Unlicensed Auto Insurance Robo-Caller Fined $191K by Minnesota Regulators

An unlicensed commercial entity has been ordered by Minnesota commerce regulators to pay $191,185 in civil penalties for making numerous fraudulent and unlicensed auto insurance solicitations to consumers in that state. The Minnesota Department of Commerce imposed the fine on …

49ers Stadium Death Results in $37K Fine for Steel Company

California officials have fined a steel company nearly $37,000 in connection with the death of a worker at the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium. Edward Lake II, a truck driver with Gerdau Reinforcing Steel West, was crushed …