Also, Chesapeake and other companies have recently cut back on their natural gas drilling and production, but Rotruck noted those reductions were among so-called "dry gas" sites.
West Virginia's section of the Marcellus is primarily "wet gas," which includes various liquid byproducts that would be target ingredients for a cracker plant.
"We're really pretty well situated," Rotruck said.
Last month, Chesapeake disclosed in financial reports that it was facing a criminal investigation of Clean Water Act problems at three of its sites in West Virginia.
Rotruck did not discuss those situations, but said Chesapeake is working hard to improve environmental performance at its operations.
"It's no longer wildcatting," Rotruck said. "It's perfecting the technique and the methods and the execution."
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