Pa. Court Says Chesapeake Can't Appeal Remediation Plan

Law360, Philadelphia (April 3, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Thursday rejected an effort by Chesapeake Appalachia LLC to modify directives issued by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection in response to a rash of natural gas leaks into various drinking water supplies in 2010.

A three-judge panel ruled that a DEP letter updating a “corrective action plan,” which outlined the energy giant’s responsibilities in rehabilitating the leaking gas wells, was not appealable, upholding a decision by the state’s Environmental Hearing Board.

“The letter delineates Chesapeake’s already existing obligations and, thus,...
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