I know nothing more than what is in this article at Reuters, but I can read between the lines. Others will interpret it differently, I'm sure. No need to comment.
Chesapeake uses a road to get to one of its sites.
The road is in need of repair. It is full of potholes and, in general, one big mess, especially when it rains.
Chesapeake improves the road by covering it with gravel.
The government notes that because the road is subject to flooding, one needs a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers before making any improvements to the road.
Chesapeake is fined $600,000.
Chesapeake restores the road to its original condition, full of potholes, and, in general, one big mess, especially when it rains.Anything to harass the oil and gas industry. [We will learn later that with global warming and the drought, the road has not flooded in the last ten years.]
I would not have even seen the article, much less linked it, had it not been front page news for Yahoo!Finance. Even those editors can recognize craziness and harassment. And that's why I feel comfortable that there will be duplicative federal and state fracking regulations by the end of 2016. Anything to harass the oil and gas industry.
*******************Now, to escape this craziness (posted just a few days ago, but....):