Appeals court upholds judge's Chesapeake waste pits ruling
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court has upheld a West Virginia judge's ruling in favor of Chesapeake Energy in a dispute over natural gas drilling waste pits at the company's operations.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision of U.S. District Judge Frederick Stamp in a case brought against Chesapeake by surface landowners in Wetzel County.
Stamp had ruled that creating drilling waste pits on the property was "reasonably necessary" for recovery of Chesapeake's oil and gas and that the pits "did not impose a substantial burden" on the surface landowners' property.