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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

July 12, 2017– Do you have an innovative process that helps workers stay healthy or improves safe operations? The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) wants to hear...
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Prime-Time Products

Red Meters premiered its RM Series, a product lineup of highly accurate non-nuclear density meters. Coated with an abrasion resistant liner to withstand rough and finely ground slurries, the RM3...
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Manufacturers in Focus

Regal Beloit Corp., a leading manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission components, announced it has launched a new, responsive website platform with significant upgrades,...
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People on the Move

LiuGong Machinery introduced Kevin Thieneman as chairman of LiuGong North America and senior chief director of Guangxi LiuGong Machinery.
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Rock Stars

ASTM International’s Committee on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates (C09) presented its top annual award – the Award of Merit – to Robin E. Graves, corporate manager of technical services for...
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Distributor News

CASE Construction Equipment has named its 2017 Diamond Dealer and Gold Dealer award recipients as a part of its North American Construction Equipment Partnership Program. The awards recognize dealerships across the U.S. and Canada for excellence in five categories, including...
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Resource Center

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.”