Friday, January 3, 2014

Judge Rules Exxon Must Face Criminal Charges Over 50,000 Gallon Fracking Waste Spill

Article PhotoExxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy will have to face criminal charges for allegedly dumping tens of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing waste at a Marcellus Shale drilling site in 2010, according to a Pennsylvania judge’s ruling on Thursday.
Following a preliminary hearing, Magisterial District Judge James G. Carn decided that all eight charges against Exxon — including violations of both the state Clean Streams Law and the Solid Waste Management Act — will be “held for court,” meaning there is enough evidence to take the fossil fuel giant to trial over felony offenses.
this is one reason why republicans on behalf of big business is fighting so hard to deregulate and keep it that way, you remember when they wanted to dismantle EPA and consumer reg all the agencies that keep us safe from them, in order to get away with what they are now being charged with.
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General filed criminal charges back in September, claiming Exxon had removed a plug from a wastewater tank, leading to 57,000 gallons of contaminated water spilling into the soil. The Exxon subsidiary had contested the criminal charges, claiming there was “no lasting environmental impact,” and that the charges could “discourage good environmental practices” from guilty companies.
this is the attitude of those chasing carbon based fuels instead of green fuels like the Pres. advocates and to think it's acceptable to pollute "for a little while" is reprehensible and irresponsible it's like telling Americans "we only going to contaminate your environment for a little while, buy filters and gas mask", that pov deserves the book thrown at it and an example made of. money profit at any expense tells us that money to them priceless.