Chesapeake fined $1.4M for slide at Pennsylvania drill site

    Chesapeake Energy has agreed to a $1.4 million fine stemming from a 2011 landslide as a drilling site in southwestern Pennsylvania that damaged several streams.

    The state Department of Environmental Protection said Monday that Chesapeake also agreed to clean up the waterways by Sept. 30. The slide filled more than a quarter-mile of streams below the well pad and damaged seven unnamed tributaries of Harts Run.

    Much of the work has been completed at the site, although Chesapeake must still remove sediment and stabilize the banks of the headwater tributaries to Harts Run.

    Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake said it was pleased to resolve the matter.

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    The well site in question was in Greene County and is now controlled by Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based Rice Energy.

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