PITTSBURGH, PA — “The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says natural gas drilling company Chesapeake Energy last week filed an important Marcellus Shale production report containing so many errors a state database rejected it.
DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday said on Tuesday a previous statement by Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. that suggested state databases were the problem wasn’t entirely accurate and omitted important points.
‘DEP’s production database functioned exactly as designed by rejecting reports that contain obvious data entry errors,’ Sunday said. For example, Chesapeake attempted to report production information on wells where the drilling start date wasn’t listed; attempted to report more producing days than the number of days in the reporting period; and attempted to report drilled wells as wells that were not drilled, Sunday said.
Chesapeake also waited until the end of a 45-day grace period to submit data, Sunday said.”
— Kevin Begos, Associated Press