XTO Energy Clean Water Act Violations in West Virginia
ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy agreed to pay a $2.3 million civil penalty and spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites in West Virginia damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material produced during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations. The federal and West Virginia governments alleged that XTO Energy violated the Clean Water Act and West Virginia law by discharging sand, dirt, rocks and other fill material into streams and wetlands without a federal permit in order to construct well pads, road crossings, freshwater pits, and other facilities related to natural gas extraction. The alleged violations occurred in the West Virginia Counties of Harrison, Marion, and Upshur and impacted approximately 5,357 linear feet of stream, and 3.38 acres of wetlands.
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