PA Watching First Criminal Case Against a Shale Firm

A former state environmental inspector indicated Wednesday that there was evidence of previous, unreported spills on a Marcellus Shale gas drilling site where he discovered toxic wastewater gushing onto the ground in 2010. 
Jeremy Daniel, 32, an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at the time, said he found puddles of wastewater, sand, and a "defined area of dead vegetation" flowing from several steel wastewater storage tanks on a Lycoming County well site operated by XTO Energy Inc. 
Daniel was called as a witness in a preliminary hearing on criminal charges that the state brought in September against XTO, Exxon Mobil Corp.'s shale-drilling subsidiary. The state says XTO spilled more than 50,000 gallons of toxic wastewater at its drilling site without reporting the leak as required.
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