EPA Makes Chesapeake Pay $9.7M for Spilling Dirt in Creeks & Swamps

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that they’ve slapped Chesapeake Energy with a $3.2 million fine, and a requirement that Chessy spend another $6.5 million to clean up 27 sites in West Virginia that the EPA says were “damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands.” That is, Chessy got sloppy and dumped some dirt in a few creeks and swamps (the horror!). The EPA used the federal Clean Water Act to extract their multiple pounds of flesh out of Chesapeake. The EPA is all proud of themselves that this is “one of the largest” fines ever levied by the EPA using the CWA.

Here’s the announcement direct from the belly of the rogue beast itself:

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