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Questions remain on Pa. natural gas data reports

PITTSBURGH — Chesapeake Energy says that it submitted Marcellus Shale production data to a state database last week when it was due, but Pennsylvania officials still aren’t providing details of why it didn’t appear online, or saying whether a biannual report about one of the nation’s top natural gas fields is now complete.

Chesapeake spokesman Rory Sweeny says in a statement that the company met regulatory requirements for sharing data and that it sent an electronic copy separately last Wednesday, and sought to resolve problems with the state database.

Sweeny declined to provide copies of emails to the state to back up the claims.

On Monday the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection suggested that some drillers were late submitting data.

A DEP spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.