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Ohio Utica Shale

Chesapeake is fined $565,000 by Pennsylvania

By Bob Downing Published: February 10, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the biggest leaseholder in Pennsylvania, was fined $565,000 on Thursday for environmental violations by Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection.

The violations include hydraulic fracturing or fracking liquids that entered a local creek last April.

Chesapeake paid $190,000 for losing contro0l of a wellhead for four days in April while fracking in Bedford County, Bloomberg News reported.

Inspectors found elevated levels of total dissolved solids, chlorides and barium in the stream, the state said.

The other fines were for dirt at Chesapeake drilling sites entering local streams.

Chesapeake has leases on 1.78 million acres in Pennsylvania with its Marcellus shale. It is also the No. 1 player in Ohio's Utica shale with 1.35 million acres in leases.


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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

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Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.