XTO Provides $425,000 to Belmont County First Responders in Agreement with ODNR

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:
Belmont County first responders will receive $425,000 to enhance their ability to keep their communities safe through new equipment and training, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). 
The funding for these first responders is provided in accordance with a compliance agreement between XTO Energy Inc. (XTO) and ODNR. This financial support will directly fund the purchases of equipment and training to bolster response capabilities within the communities of Belmont County. 
“The safety of our local first responders is paramount in any emergency situation,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “That is why we worked to help provide them with the additional support, training and equipment to ensure they are prepared and able to safely respond.” 
The table attached to this release designates the name of each public entity, the corresponding address and the amount to be remitted to the public entity. 
The compliance agreement remittance settles violations of ODNR’s regulations regarding an incident that occurred during drilling operations at the Schnegg Unit C 7-H well in Belmont County on Feb. 15, 2018. An additional $425,000 will be paid to the ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management’s regulatory programs.
View the original news release here. 


  1. Will money actually help our first responders stay safe in the industry continues to operate without adequate regulations? Are they getting testing equipment to monitor for carcinogens like benzene and gamma radiation so they know what exposures there are when they go in? How will this help the families whose homes are leveled in a pipeline explosion? The industry needs better regulations! That's the only way to keep people safe!


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