Ohio man sentenced for illegal brine water dumping

Hercher Oil Company has been dumping oily brine water. The owner was sentenced. (WTOV)

A man from Sycamore Valley, Ohio has been sentenced to four days in prison, two years of probation and a $70,000 fine for illegally dumping 50 gallons of brine water per week.

Donald E. Hercher, 67, owned Hercher Oil Company in Monroe County, which operates approximately 30 oil and gas wells. Hercher was dumping about 50 gallons of oily brine water weekly into a roadside ditch near Rias Run, which eventually reaches the Ohio River.

Hercher was also sentenced to complete 104 hours of community service and pay $5,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He must also register all of his wells and make sure they are in compliance under the Clean Water Act within 90 days.

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