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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailDec, 17, 2014 – The U.S. aggregates industry faces a challenging year in 2015. Aggregates producers are looking ahead with anticipation to improved market conditions, driven by the resurgence in residential housing and increased activity from state DOTs, however, many questions remain.

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailDyno Nobel, along with the efforts of joint venture partner DetNet, have made improvements to the DigiShot 300S system. The new DigiShot 300 RF system has been developed to improve safety of blasting operations. With this new system the blaster has the capability to fire remotely with a single box application. This allows the blaster to choose a firing location where both the bench and ingress...

Rock Stars

article thumbnailFormer U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, appearing on 60 MINUTES, said that many of the roads and bridges we drive on every day are “on life support.”
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailA global innovator in bulk material handling is celebrating 70 years of designing high-quality equipment and accessories, serving customers in a wide range of industries around the world.  Along with spearheading efforts in safety and education, Martin Engineering has had a profound impact on efficient operations in coal, cement, aggregate, biomass and other industries across six continents.  This has...

People on the Move

article thumbnailSuperior Industries hired 20-year industry veteran Jason Adams as general manager of the company’s construction management division.

Latest Digital Issue

The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of Dec. 3 is $3.336. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.421.

XTO Energy Agrees to $100K Fine for Wastewater Spill


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice reached a settlement with XTO Energy on July 18 over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) stemming from a spill of gas drilling wastewater in central Pennsylvania.

Under the settlement, XTO must pay a $100,000 fine as well as spend an estimated $20 million on a comprehensive plan to improve wastewater management practices, including remote monitoring of tank volumes. The substantial improvements are estimated to reduce discharges of total dissolved solids by 264 million pounds over the course of the next three years. These reductions will occur in large part because XTO will increase wastewater recycling and will properly dispose of wastewaters generated by its natural gas activities across the Mid-Atlantic region.

During an inspection of the Penn Township facility in Nov. 2010, a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) inspector observed wastewater spilling from an open valve on a series of interconnected tanks. At the time, XTO stored wastewater generated from energy extraction activities conducted throughout Pennsylvania at the facility. Authorities later found pollutants from the chemically treated water, including chlorides, barium, strontium and total dissolved solids, in a tributary of the Susquehanna River basin.

“The operational improvements required by today’s settlement will help to protect precious surface and drinking water resources in Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA continues to push for responsible development of domestic sources of energy and to insist that companies play by the rules that protect public health.”