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Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 09:02:00 -0500
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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release                             No. 01-OPA142


CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2001) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5 signed a consent agreement and final order with Muskegon
Development Co., Mt. Pleasant, Mich., resolving alleged
violations of the underground injection control regulations of
the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The company has agreed to pay a
penalty of $105,200 and certified that its wells in Clare County,
Mich., are in compliance with their injection permits.

The wells are used to inject fresh water for enhanced production
of oil and gas. Muskegon Development Co. acquired the wells from
Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. in October 1999.  EPA alleged that the
company violated its permits by exceeding the maximum injection
pressure of the wells, failing to submit timely monthly
monitoring reports, failing to monitor and record weekly
injection pressures, and failing to submit accurate monthly
monitoring reports.

"Underground injection control regulations are designed to
protect underground sources of drinking water from
contamination," said Jo-Lynn Traub, director of the regional
Water Division.

About EPA
Founded in 1970, EPA is responsible for protecting the
environment and human health. The Agency enforces air, water, and
land laws and ensures that designated health standards are met.
EPA Region 5 includes six Great Lakes states: Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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