Chesapeake was fined $20,000 for 47 violations from April-December 2009. A mere $425 per violation! The gas company spokesman Brian Grove says they regret the overdraws. Is this acceptable? Is the "Just say you're sorry" approach enough? Now the company has added "additional sourcing alternatives that will incorporate real-time automated control systems equipped with automatic shutdown protocols ensuring adherence to daily permitted withdrawal limits." Well, it's about time.
Is it just me, or could we have reasonably assumed that Chesapeake Energy would already have had control systems in place by this time? This isn't rocket science, is it? If the gas drillers can't even figure out how much water they are taking out of our rivers, how can they be expected to handle much more serious operational tasks which can have lethal consequences?
We are in big trouble.
Read an article from the Towanda Daily Review (3/23/2010) by Staff Writer James Loewenstein.