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WHEELING (AP) — A federal judge has fined Chesapeake Appalachia $600,000 fine for destroying a Wetzel County waterfall while constructing a well pad.

U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. also ordered the company to spend two years on supervised release during Monday's sentencing in Wheeling.

In October, the company pleaded guilty to three violations of the federal Clean Water Act. It was accused of illegally discharging 60 tons of crushed stone and gravel into Blake Fork at least three times in December 2008, then spreading that material to build a road.

Separate violations for impoundments in Marshall and Wetzel counties will be addressed with civil penalties.

Chesapeake says it has removed the gravel and restored the site. It also has instituted training and oversight to ensure its operations are in compliance.

 

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