Clean Water Act Violation at XTO Energy’s Penn Township Facility
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice reached a settlement with Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy to resolve an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act related to an incident at XTO’s facility in Penn Township, Pennsylvania. The facility is used to store wastewater generated by the natural gas exploration process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In November 2010, the facility released between 150 barrels (6,300 gallons) to 1,366 barrels (57,373 gallons) of wastewater from an open valve on a storage tank, which caused the discharge of pollutants into a tributary of the Susquehanna River basin for approximately 65 days. XTO agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty and spend an estimated $20 million to improve its wastewater management practices. In September 2013, Pennsylvania criminally charged XTO for the spill (see Exxon Mobil pending instance, “XTO Energy Penn Township Facility Criminal Charges”).
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