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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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XTO Energy Penn Township Facility Criminal Charges

A Pennsylvania grand jury charged Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy with spilling thousands of gallons of chemical-laced wastewater at XTO’s facility in Penn Township, Pennsylvania, in November 2010. Authorities later found toxic substances from the wastewater in a tributary of the Susquehanna River basin. XTO allegedly failed to place a spill containment system under any of the storage tanks at the site; failed to lock or secure the storage tanks; and failed to utilize security measures to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing the site. The charges also allege XTO did not have a permit to discharge wastewater at the site and failed to report wastewater spills as required by law. The charges include five counts of unlawful conduct under the Clean Streams Law and three counts of unlawful conduct under the Solid Waste Management Act. In July 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department fined XTO $100,000 for the spill (see Exxon Mobil instance, “Clean Water Act Violation at XTO Energy’s Penn Township Facility”). In August 2016, XTO settled the charges by agreeing to pay a $300,000 civil penalty to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and $100,000 to the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership for the purpose of advancing environmental projects in the Lycoming County area.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
State/Local
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Criminal
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Charges
9/11/2013
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Exxon Mobil $0

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database