Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy to pay millions after violating Clean Water Act, to repair wetlands
OKLAHOMA CITY – Chesapeake Energy will now have to pay about $10 million for violating the Clean Water Act and to repair wetlands and streams.
According to Reuters, federal regulators said the oil and gas company will pay $3.2 million to settle Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia and another $6.5 million to restore streams and wetlands, Dec. 19.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the company allegedly dumped rocks, sand and dirt into wetlands while creating drilling sites.
The $3.2 million penalty is one of the largest of its kind from the federal government for violating the Clean Water Act, according to Reuters.
The Clean Water Act prohibits the filling of damming of wetlands, streams and other U.S. waters without a federal permit.
Last December, Chesapeake pleaded guilty to three violations of the Clean Water Act in Wetzel County, West Virginia.
Reuters reported the company was sentenced to pay $600,000 and it has already restored the damage done to the site.