Oil company pays big $350,000 fine

Oil company pays big $350,000 fine

There are 3 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Jun 9, 2011, titled Oil company pays big $350,000 fine. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

Western Refining has agreed to pay a $350,000 civil penalty to the New Mexico Environment Department because of violations at its plant near Gallup.

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Alamogordo, NM

#1 Jun 11, 2011
Wonder where all the fines go? who's pocket?
Hope for US

Rio Rancho, NM

#2 Jul 8, 2011
For all those who want to poison our water table under Otero Mesa so that Chinese millionaires can drive with cheap gas, who don't care that EXXON poisoned Alaska, or BP poisoned the Gulf Coast:

"Washington, DC — A new study has found that wastewater from natural gas hydrofracturing in a West Virginia national forest quickly wiped out all ground plants, killed more than half of the trees and caused radical changes in soil chemistry. These results argue for much tighter control over disposal of these “fracking fluids,” contends Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).


• Within two days all ground plants were dead;
• Within 10 days, leaves of trees began to turn brown. Within two years more than half of the approximately 150 trees were dead; and
•“Surface soil concentrations of sodium and chloride increased 50-fold as a result of the land application of hydrofracturing fluids…” These elevated levels eventually declined as chemical leached off-site. The exact chemical composition of these fluids is not known because the chemical formula is classified as confidential proprietary information.

'The explosion of shale gas drilling in the East has the potential to turn large stretches of public lands into lifeless moonscapes,' stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that land disposal of fracking fluids is common and in the case of the Fernow was done pursuant to a state permit.'This study suggests that these fluids should be treated as toxic waste.'"


United States

#3 Jul 8, 2011
$350K may seem like a lot of money but the state probably spent more than that figuring out what constituted a breach. I guess the more you fine them, the more they will turn around and charge the customer. Business as usual.

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