The subject is ExxonMobil, actually a subsidiary, XTO. The subject is also fracking. That’s three-for-three in terms of subjects that also are relevant in Arkansas.

The news is from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The ExxonMobil subsidiary has settled a pollution complaint from the federal Environmental Protection Agency over handling of wastewater from fracking operations there. Pollutants were found in a river tributary. The ExxonMobil subsidiary will have to spend $20 million to prevent spills and properly dispose of waste the gas exploration process.

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The full EPA release is on the jump.

I asked the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality whether the water protection steps outlined in the agreement suggested whether oversight in Arkansas is adequate for handling of wastewater. In short: Lots of regulations are in place. But you can read the full answer on the jump, too.

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