Well driller hit with $1,000 state penalty

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A Battle Ground-based well-drilling company paid a $1,000 fine for failing to properly notify authorities before starting a job, according to the state Department of Ecology.

Don Pitner Jr. Well Drilling didn't submit a notice of intent to work before beginning work on a Vancouver water well in May, according to the Ecology Department. The penalty was issued in June and has been paid.

The fine was among $218,238 in penalties of $1,000 or more handed out by the Ecology Department during the second quarter of 2012. At least one has been appealed. Don Pitner Jr. Well Drilling's fine was the only penalty listed in either Clark or Cowlitz counties from May through June.

The largest penalty issued during that time went to yacht builder Northern Marine, which was fined $48,000 after failing to properly dispose of hazardous waste in Skagit County, according to the Ecology Department.