Chesapeake to pay $600,000 to settle water violation

HOUSTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corpsaid on Friday it has reached a settlement with the U.S.Department of Justice to resolve alleged violations of thefederal Clean Water Act.

As part of the deal that still requires court approval, theOklahoma City, Oklahoma, company will pay a $600,000 fine.

The government said Chesapeake violated a section of theClean Water Act when in 2008 it ordered the placement of gravelas part of a project to upgrade a road in West Virginia.

That road sometimes floods with waters that are underfederal control, so Chesapeake needed a permit from the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers to do the work.

Chesapeake has since removed the gravel and restored thesite, it said.

(Reporting By Anna Driver)

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