Nami Resources Company has been charged in federal court a violation of the Clean Water and Endangered Species acts for allegedly letting drilling fluids escape into a water source in Knox County.

The company also is accused of “unlawfully taking and causing to be taken” two black dace, a federally protected minnow common to small streams in the upper Cumberland River.

The penalty could involve a prison sentence of up to one year, a $25,000 per day fine and up to a year of supervised release. Violating the endangered species act could result in a penalty of up to six months in prison, up to a $25,000 fine and more supervised release.

The charge states the fluids in question are the result of natural gas drilling.v

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