Robert Marquardt, the Pennsylvania farmer whose property suffered a waste water spill from an XTO Energy well site, told the Philadelphia Inquirer the Fort Worth-based producer "cleaned it up pretty quickly." The story says Marquardt "has no beef with XTO," a subsidiary of Irving-based Exxon Mobil. But Pennsylvania's attorney general does have a problem, and has filed criminal charges against XTO in the 2010 spill, in which untreated waste water leaked from a storage tank with a valve left open.
The newspaper reports that Fort Worth-based Bosque Systems was XTO's water recycling contractor at the well site, and that the producer believes one of Bosque's employees "transferred water between the tanks and neglected to close the valve in the rear of a tank after it had been emptied." The Inquirer report also quotes John Hanger, formerly head of the state's Department of Environmental Protection, as saying XTO "pointing at a contractor they hired, as though they're not responsible because a contractor has caused the problem, that concerns me." Hanger is a Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, the report says.
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