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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailAugust 27, 2014 – We need more mining engineers! The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy regarding its request for information about critical and strategic materials supply chains and their importance to American prosperity and national security. 

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailTerex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) launched the new MJ47 primary jaw crusher module, increasing the application capabilities and crushing capacity of its existing modular product range with their largest jaw module to date. The Terex MJ47 jaw crusher module is designed for large quarries or contractors that want a stationary type design...

Rock Stars

article thumbnailAndy Williams of Rogers Group, current president of the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association, encouraged members to "re-emphasize our commitment to safety as the first priority in our business."
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailHOLT CAT, the Caterpillar equipment and engine dealer for South, Central, North and Northeast Texas, opened a new location in Edinburg, Texas.

People on the Move

article thumbnailPolaris Minerals Corp., which is focused on the development of quarries and the production of construction aggregates, announced the appointment of Scott Dryden as vice president of Business Development.

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Off-Highway Diesel Prices


The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of August 28 is $3.548. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.565.

 

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.”