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Friday, March 30, 2018

Proposal Floated to Use Fracking Brine on Icy Ohio Roads

From WOSU:
The first day of spring is bringing a Winter Weather Advisory in Central Ohio. And while the snow begins to come down, legislators in an Ohio House committee will be considering a new way to remove ice from the roads - using the byproduct of fracking. 
HB 393, which was introduced in October, would allow for the sale of fracking brine for surface applications, like deicing roadways during Ohio's slick winters. The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Republican state Rep. Anthony Devitis and Democrat state Rep. Michael O'Brien. 
O'Brien says a particular company, Aquasalina, processes brine from hydraulic fracturing wells to make it usable. 
"Whether it be residential deicing, for something as simple as one sidewalk," he says, "or sell to road departments for the county road departments, the city street departments and such, for the deicing method for the winter months."
Not surprisingly, this is opposed by environmental groups such as the Sierra Club.  Click here to read more.

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