XTO Energy agrees to $20 million wastewater upgrade as part of settlement

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July 19, 2013

In a settlement with the federal government announced Thursday, natural gas producer XTO Energy agreed to spend an estimated $20 million to upgrade its wastewater storage facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The agreement comes after Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection found an open valve on wastewater storage tanks at an XTO production site in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pollutants from the site were later found in a tributary of the Susquehanna River Basin.

XTO is a subsidiary of Exxon and the nation’s largest natural gas producer. The EPA estimates that the required upgrades will prevent the release of about 264 million pounds of pollutants over the course of three years. The company is required to begin remote monitoring of all wastewater tanks in the region, improve its storage practices and recycle more of the water produced at its wells.