Pa.: Okla. energy firm's data filled with errors

6:48 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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PITTSBURGH -- 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. suggesting state databases were the problem wasn't entirely accurate and omitted important points.

He says Chesapeake reported more producing days than existed in the reporting period and waited until the end of a 45-day grace period to submit data.

Chesapeake spokesman Rory Sweeny hasn't responded to a request for comment. He previously said the company met regulatory requirements for sharing data.

Pennsylvania released gas production data last week, but Chesapeake's numbers were missing so the total was misleading.

The Associated Press

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