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Chesapeake Energy, one of the largest natural gas companies in the US and world, got caught lawbreaking again, and fined  a pittence.

The wonderful image above comes from Flickr via Upstream, an oil & gas newsletter. (link provided downstream of the fold.)

The federal Department of the Interior just fined Chesapeake over $428,000 for lying on their gas production reports for operations on Oklahoma Tribal Lands, meaning the company cheated the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes out of royalties.

Chesapeake's other recent fines for their odious conduct, according to published accounts,  include:

Fined over $1.1 million in 2011 for polluting drinking water, and allowing storage facilities to blow up and catch fire in Bradford County, Penn. In a separate incident, the company "lost control" of a well and nearby residents had to flee.

Fined about $600,000 in 2013 for filling waterways and destroying a waterfall in West Virginia.

Fined $3.2 million in 2013 for West Virginia water pollution violations.

Fined $565,000 in 2012 for polluting a creek in Bradford County, Penn.

That's just going back to 2011.

And ericlewis0's fine diary in Daily Kos three months ago reported on the West Virginia fines, which also included $6.5 million in mitigation requirements for a total $10 million assessment.

Where's a good "Three Strikes" law for the environmental violators, when you need one?

Hopefully, here's all the links for the gory details, in no particular order.  I'll be around for a couple of hours to respond to comments, and I'll be back again at dinner time, Pacific Time.

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