Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office asserted Wednesday that an Exxon Mobil subsidiary's claims that she selectively prosecuted the company for a 2010 Marcellus Shale gas-drilling spill are baseless.
Kane's office asked a Lycoming County Common Pleas Judge to disregard XTO Energy Inc.'s motion seeking the dismissal of criminal charges in the high-profile case.
XTO last month argued that Kane was prosecuting it in pursuit of a politically motivated anti-fracking agenda.
It asked Judge Marc F. Lovecchio to force Kane's office to produce all documents related to its selective-prosecution claim, including internal communications about publicizing the prosecution.
"XTO's allegations are wholly unconvincing and are nothing more than weak attempts to obfuscate the truth," Kane's office stated in a filing signed by Linda Dale Hoffa, senior executive deputy attorney general.