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May 8, 2013 4:44 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colorado regulators OK $150,000 fine for Antero

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado regulators have approved a $150,000 fine against Antero Resources, after a leaky pipeline that carried oily water from oil wells led to the contamination of groundwater and soil near Rifle.

The Daily Sentinel reports the fine approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Monday was part of a consent agreement reached with Antero. The commission says Antero violated rules on pollution and management of waste in the incident, discovered in 2010.

The leak led to a paraffin-like substance seeping into a gravel pit and high levels of the carcinogen benzene in the groundwater.

Denver-based Antero last year sold all of its natural gas and pipeline assets in the Piceance Basin to Ursa Resources to focus on drilling elsewhere.

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