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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?
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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