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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Coast Guard to Require Testing Before Fracking Waste Can Be Barged

From StateImpact Pennsylvania:
Demand from natural gas drillers has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard topropose allowing fracking wastewater to be transported on barges. But under the proposal, the Coast Guard won’t allow it unless they know what’s in it.
Many operators recycle wastewater and store it on site, while much of it gets shipped on trucks and rail cars to Ohio where it’s disposed of in deep injection wells. Moving wastewater on barges would be a more efficient alternative.
The Coast Guard wants to require shippers to test the fluid they’re carrying to make sure it doesn’t contain hazardous materials it doesn’t normally allow to travel on the nation’s waterways.
Read that whole article here. 

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