HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney
General Kathleen G. Kane has announced that her office has reached an agreement with
XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobile Corp., after allegations the
company illegally discharged toxic waste from a Marcellus shale gas site.
Between Nov. 12-16, 2010, the company
allegedly conducted a wastewater transaction, transporting material to be
stored at the Marquardt site. Thousands of gallons of wastewater went
unaccounted for and purportedly ended up flowing into and polluting a nearby
"This settlement will result in additional oversight
over a company that was allegedly responsible for discharging thousands of
gallons of fracking wastewater into the environment," Kane said.
"This is an important step toward accountability, and we will continue to
pursue prosecutions against companies and individuals who pollute the
XTO will pay a $300,000 civil penalty and pay $100,000 to
the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership for advancing environmental projects in
the county. Additionally, the company will need to enter an accelerated
rehabilitative disposition program. In this program, the company will have to
comply with regulatory standards exceeding current industry practices.
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