A federal judge approved XTO Energy's $100,000 settlement previously negotiated with federal regulators over a 2010 waste water spill in Pennsylvania, a deal that also calls for the Fort Worth-based company to spend $20 million improving its waste water handling in the area. XTO, a subsidiary of Irving-based Exxon Mobil, now faces a Nov. 5 preliminary hearing on criminal charges Pennsylvania's attorney general brought in the matter, reports PennLive. The company has called those charges an abuse of prosecutorial discretion. A report by the PennLive news service is here.
-- Jim Fuquay