EARTHblog » Nadia Steinzor
September 12, 2013
It’s always heartening to see an irresponsible oil or gas operator get caught for wrongdoing. But usually breaking all the rules results only in a reprimand or a fine too small to deter future bad behavior.
So this week’s news was happily surprising: Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Kathleen Kane has brought criminal charges against XTO Energy for the November 2010 release of toxic wastewater from a storage tank into a tributary of the Susquehanna River. And this just two months after the US Environmental Protection Agency decided XTO should pay a $100,000 penalty and $20 million in wastewater management for the spill.
September 3, 2013
In the last few years, every time I visited Towanda, PA, truck traffic jammed main roads and hotels and apartments were under construction. Last week, I whizzed into town and noted that Chesapeake Energy’s headquarters is now a childcare center and dance studio.
Small signs of changing times? Undoubtedly, the rapid pace of the shale gas boom has slowed enough to make it look like the inevitable bust has arrived in some places, from northeast Pennsylvania to Arkansas.