Commend Efforts to Combat Pollution


Target: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Goal: Applaud the filing of criminal charges against ExxonMobil for illegally dumping toxic waste at a drilling site

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against ExxonMobil for illegally dumping polluted thousands of gallons of fracking fluid at a drilling site in 2010. An Exxon subsidiary called XTO Energy pulled out a plug from a wastewater tank that resulted in the expulsion of 57,000 gallons of polluted water spilling into the soil. The subsidiary has refuted the charges and claimed that there was no enduring environmental impact as a result despite evidence to the contrary.

ExxonMobil asserted that criminal charges would say to gas and oil operators that setting up infrastructure to recycle produced water would render them at risk for incurring financial and legal penalties if a small amount of it is released. Recently, XTO Energy had agreed to pay various fines, one which entailed $20 million to fix its facilities which treated wastewater. This response addresses the crucial concern about fracking practices whether disclosing information to the public regarding its practices. States have allowed minimal disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluid, but there is a gag order on the health risks.

A recent study has concluded that residents who live in proximity to wells used in fracking are subject to drink water that is contaminated. 115 out of 141 wells contained water with a high amount of methane. For several years, oil companies like ExxonMobil have always done fracking first and then dealt with fines later on. Oil lobbyists have argued that regulators cannot create public health protections because such industries have been major job creators. Thus, they promote the idea that economics supersedes environmental safety and precautions.

Please sign this petition to applaud Attorney General Kane for filing criminal charges against ExxonMobil for illegally dumping toxic waste. Environmental safety should always supersede economic profit. Oil and gas companies should be held accountable when they illegally dump toxic waste that will contaminate the water supply and endanger people’s health.


Dear Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane,

We commend you for filing criminal charges against ExxonMobil for illegally dumping toxic hydraulic fracturing waste at a drilling site in 2010. The company claimed that the release of over 57,000 gallons of polluted fracking fluid had no lasting environmental impact, and that such charges would discourage oil and gas companies from setting up infrastructure to recycle water because of the possible legal and financial penalties they would incur if there was a small spill.

The vast majority of wells near fracking sites contain high amounts of methane, which puts denizens in the vicinity at great risk to ingest toxins. We commend you for your decision to file criminal charges in order to protect the environment.


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