Company Charged with Illegally Discharging
Waste Water from Marcellus Shale Gas Well Site

A subsidiary of ExxonMobil is being charged for illegally discharging more than 50,000 gallons of toxic waste water from a Marcellus Shale gas well site in Lycoming County.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says XTO Energy of Indiana, PA, transported and stored gas on the site despite not having the proper equipment to safely store or process it after hiring another company to move processing equipment to another well site in West Virginia.

The illegal discharge of gas well waste water was discovered on Nov. 16, 2010, when an inspector with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection made an unannounced visit, Kane said in a news release.

She said the toxic waste water flowed into and polluted an unnamed tributary of Sugar Run. More than 3,000 tons of contaminated soil had to be excavated and removed from the site.


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