Gas Producer Fined US$900,000 for Contamination

Reuters reports that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Chesapeake Energy (Chesapeake) US$900,000 for contaminating drinking water in Bradford County, and an additional US$188,000 for a fire that injured three workers. Reportedly, the criticism so far was focused on possible contamination from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) waste products, however the levying of the fines was a result of complaints that the gas had seeped into drinking water. Chesapeake has reportedly agreed to pay the fines and given assurances that it will improve cementing and casing practices.
Reuters: Chesapeake handed record fine for Pennsylvania gas drilling (17 May 2011)
(Source: Reuters)