Chesapeake water supplier to shut down after chemical spill
CESHA, Virginia – Chesapeake Energy Inc. announced on Wednesday that it will shut down its water supply in the Chesapeake Bay in the wake of a chemical spill at its Chesapeake Water Treatment Plant.
The company said it has notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the spill, which has been attributed to the use of a corrosive compound.
The company says the spill occurred last Friday, and that the EPA has notified it.
“This is a very serious situation for all of us at Chesapeake and for our employees and the people of Chesapeake,” said Chesapeake CEO Kevin Roberts.
Chesapeake is working with the U,S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to respond to the spill and take appropriate actions, the company said in a statement.
In a statement, the EPA says that the agency has received notification of the leak and is in the process of determining whether to take additional action.
The spill occurred on Friday, the day after the company announced that it had stopped using the chemical after a series of reports of elevated levels of chemicals in the water.
It was also just a few days before the company planned to open its first pipeline carrying natural gas from Pennsylvania to North Dakota.
Last year, the federal government estimated that there are about 3 million tons of chemical compounds in the country’s water supply.