- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A contractor has been sentenced to six months in prison for falsely telling the government that he had plugged abandoned northwestern Pennsylvania oil wells in accordance with environmental regulations.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1xFH8cu ) reports that a federal judge in Erie also ordered 45-year-old Ronald Wright of Pleasantville to pay more than $236,000 restitution to his former employer, S&T; Services and Supply Inc. to cover costs of re-plugging wells.

Wright apologized Monday, saying he couldn’t explain his actions. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of “false writing or document to the government.”

Prosecutors said he filed false certificates that environmental regulators relied upon to approve an injection well in Elk County, and all of the 95 wells he plugged over seven years will likely have to be re-plugged.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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