Rock Products - The Leading Voice of the Aggregate Industries.
  • Frac Fights Back

    Frac Fights Back

    With Oil Prices on the Rise, Is the Market for Frac Sand About to Heat Up Again? By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
  • Modular Equipment Design

    Modular Equipment Design

  • A New Standard in Material Cleaning

    A New Standard in Material Cleaning

  • Flying High With a VSI

    Flying High With a VSI

  • Rock Products’ Aggregate Industry Market Report

    Rock Products’ Aggregate Industry Market Report

    In This Updated Analysis Prepared For Rock Products, Headwaters MB Looks At Fourth-Quarter 2015 Market Trends Such As Mergers, Stone Production And Pricing. By Brian Krehbiel Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

April 27, 2016 –CNN's website is featuring a photo gallery of the "most spectacular bridges erected in recent years – and a few that could define the skylines of the...
Read All

Prime-Time Products

Metso introduced a new cone crusher to the global market. The company said it designed the new HP5 with safety, simplicity and eco-efficiency in mind. Automatic settings, specialized maintenance tools,...
Read All

Rock Stars

Brian Peters, E&S director at Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc., received the James E. Burch “Steward of the Environment Award” related to an environmental project at the company's Cape Sandy Quarry...
Read All

Manufacturers in Focus

Global cement and minerals-processing company FLSmidth, and Kleemann, part of Wirtgen Group, have signed a long-term cooperation agreement on the supply of cone crushers for mobile applications in the construction...
Read All

People on the Move

Kolberg-Pioneer Inc., Johnson Crushers International Inc. and Astec Mobile Screens Inc. promoted Ron Griess to North America Sales Director – East.
Read All

120th Anniversary Celebration

In This Special Year-Long Series Celebrating Our 120th Year Publishing Milestone, Rock Products Presents A History Of The Aggregates Industry. In This Issue, We Cover The Years 1980-1989.
Read All

Distributor News

ProCon JCB will be hosting an open house on Thursday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the company’s headquarters, 461 Pioneer Place, Las Cruces, N.M. In addition to enjoying a free lunch, attendees will have the opportunity...
Read All

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.”