- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Arkansas say an energy company has agreed to pay the U.S. government $950,000 to settle a mineral trespass case.

Prosecutors announced the settlement Tuesday with SWN Production, LLC, formerly known as SEECO, Inc., of Texas, which will pay the federal government within 45 days.

The case came to light after a field office for the Bureau of Land Management found evidence in 2009 indicating a natural gas well operated by the company drilled into unleased, federally owned minerals in Conway and Van Buren counties.

An investigation found that the company produced and sold federally-owned natural gas from the wells valued at $950,000.

Prosecutors say the company has cooperated with the federal government during its investigation of the incident.

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