PA Fines Gas Driller

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 11:02 AM gHale

A gas driller in Pennsylvania will pay over $500,000 in fines for three separate violations, said Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. agreed to pay $565,000 after state regulators found the Oklahoma City-based driller in violation of rules protecting streams and wetlands.

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In one case, the driller lost control of a gas well in Leroy Township, Bradford County, in April, allowing fluids from the well to enter Towanda Creek. Regulators found contaminants in the water but no lasting damage.

In Potter County, the company allowed sediment from an access road and well pad to discharge into a high-quality stream. The sediment damaged a municipal water authority’s treatment filters.

A third case involved damage to a wetland.

The company is continuing to improve its operations, a Chesapeake spokesman said.

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