Yesterday, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered Chesapeake Energy to cease work on a natural gas drilling well pad in Potter County. The company was cited for failure to comply with site preparation regulations.
Required erosion and sediment controls were not in place at the Beech Flats site. As a result, a significant amount of sediment and silt discharged into a water tributary serving Galeton. The Galeton Water Authority was forced to switch to another permitted water source.
DEP officials say the must correct the problems by March 29. Chesapeake won't be able to resume construction until all terms of the order are met.
A routine site inspection on March 8 turned up several infractions of the Clean Streams Law and the Oil and Gas Act. The company didn't respond to the notice. Then, March 21 and 22 inspections discovered additional violations and impacts that resulted in the shut-down order.