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Chesapeake pleads guilty to West Virginia pollution

By Bob Downing Published: October 6, 2012

On Friday, Chesapeake Appalachia pleaded guilty im U.S. District Court in Wheeling, W. Va., to violating the federal Clean Water Act.

The company intends to pay a fine of $600,000 for its actions along Blake Fork.

The company would also be under court-supervised probation for two years.

U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp must still accept the proposed plea agreement.

The company was charged with filling in three wetlands and destroying a waterfall during its drilling and fracking in Wetzel County.

Chesapeake Appalachia is the local operating division of Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp.

The violations date to late 2008, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The company's actions affected Blake Fork and three oher streams that flow into Fish Creel that flows into the Ohio River.




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