- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - An ExxonMobil subsidiary will pay a $2.3 million fine and spend $3 million cleaning waterway pollution from Marcellus shale operations in northern West Virginia.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the consent agreement Monday with XTO Energy Inc.

State and federal regulators say XTO Energy polluted waterways with natural gas drilling operations at eight sites in Harrison, Marion and Upshur counties. They say the company spilled sand, dirt, rocks and fill material into streams and wetlands while building well pads and other facilities.

The agreement also settles claims made by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The $2.3 million civil penalty will be split between the state and federal governments.

The company will monitor restoration for up to 10 years.

The company denies any liability for claims in the complaint.

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