Environmentalists raised concerns about a bill that won final passage Friday in the West Virginia legislature that would overturn caps on how much drilling waste several landfills can accept from hydraulic fracturing.
The bill, approved overwhelmingly in a special session and now sent to the governor, would allow so-called tonnage caps to be lifted for drilling waste at seven landfills that are continuing to pursue a permit to build separate areas for drilling waste. The bill also mandates that the state Department of Environmental Protection, or DEP, monitor the sites for radioactivity and conduct a study on leaching.
The seven landfills are located in the nothern part of the state.
Delegate Stephen Skinner, who voted against the bill passed Friday, called it "a Band-Aid on a very serious problem."
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, six landfills in the state are currently accepting the drilling mud.You can read the whole article here.
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