Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, released a statement Friday regarding its violations of the Clean Water Act.
The statement reads:
Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, confirmed today that it has reached agreement with U.S.Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve alleged violations of Section 404 of the federalClean Water Act (CWA) at Blake Fork site in Wetzel County, W.Va.
In this instance, Chesapeake Appalachia directed the placement of gravel to upgrade County Road 1/13 in 2008. The County Road included waters within the federal government's jurisdiction and first required a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Subject to court approval, the misdemeanor plea agreement provides that Chesapeake Appalachia will pay a fine of $600,000.
Chesapeake Appalachia, in cooperation with the Corps and the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA), has removed the gravel in accordance with an approved restoration plan and restored the site.
Chesapeake Appalachia remains fully committed to regulatory compliance and promptly instituted additional training and oversight to help ensure that out regulatory obligations are met.