Exxon Mobil subsidiary charged for fracking waste water spill

On 2nd January 2014, a Pennsylvania state Magistrate charged XTO Energy with expelling tens of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing waste water at a Marcellus shale drilling site in 2010.


XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, will face charges including violations of both the state Clean Streams Law and the Solid Waste Management Act. All eight charges will be “held for court,” implying that there is enough evidence to take the Oil, Coal and Gas corporation to trial.

The charges were only brought forward in September 2013, where XTO Energy contested the charges stating that there had been “no lasting environmental impact,” and that pursuing the charges could “discourage good environmental practices.”

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