EPA: QEP Field Services To Pay $4M Over Emissions

DENVER (AP) — Federal regulators say QEP Field Services Co. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations it violated the Clean Air Act at five natural gas compressor stations on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the company, formerly known as Questar Gas Management Co., will pay a $3.65 million fine, plus $350,000 toward environmental projects.

The settlement requires the firm to reduce emissions by removing certain equipment, installing additional pollution controls, and replacing natural gas-powered instrument control systems with compressed air control systems.

QEP Field Services is a subsidiary of Denver-based QEP Resources Inc., which had no immediate comment Wednesday.

It had been accused of violating emission standards for oil and gas production facilities, among other violations.

A judge still must approve the agreement.

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