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Exxon's Illegal Dumping

Exxon discharged the water from waste tanks at the Pennsylvania well in 2010, according to a statement on the website of Pennsylvania’s attorney general. The pollution was found during an unannounced visit by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The inspectors discovered a plug removed from a tank, allowing the wastewater to run onto the ground, polluting a nearby stream. Exxon was ordered to remove 3,000 tons of soil to clean up the area. Wastewater discharged from natural-gas wells can contain chlorides, barium, strontium and aluminum, the attorney general’s statement showed. This is pretty despicable. How can we make sure it doesn't happen again?
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valuing environmental goods and services is always tough (being rival but nonexcludable)
@curtisb I am not sure to be honest. I have very little knowledge of what the standards are in these cases, but I would hope somewhere north of 5 million at least.
Im betting the fine will be extremely small though. How muchd o you predict?
@curtisb hit them where it hurts, their wallets
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