Chesapeake Settles Pa. Water Pollution Claims For $1M

Law360, New York (May 17, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT) -- Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Tuesday agreed to pay the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection $1 million to settle natural gas drilling violations that caused water contamination and a tank fire at two drilling sites in the state.

Chesapeake will pay the bulk of the fine, $900,000, for the contamination of private water supplies in Bradford County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, which state regulators called the largest single penalty the agency levied against an oil and gas operator.

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