Chemical Spill in West Virginia Could Affect Company's Fracking Wastewater Plans
Read more by clicking here.When GreenHunter Water opens its planned frack water recycling facility in Warwood later this year, up to 23,000 barrels of possibly contaminated and toxic water and related materials will be mere yards from the Ohio River - and about 1 mile upstream from the city's water plant.Following this month's Freedom Industries spill in the Elk River in Kanawha County that left about 300,000 West Virginians without water for days, many local officials are looking with increased concern at the GreenHunter project. The Freedom Industries location was about 1.5 miles upstream from West Virginia American Water's intake.In that spill, an estimated 7,500 gallons of a chemical known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol - used as a frothing agent for coal, and about which not much is known - entered the Elk River and contaminated the water system for residents in nine counties.
The primary concern stems from what would appear to be a lack of regulatory oversight on above-ground liquid storage facilities. While the Freedom Industries spill had nothing to do with oil and gas activities, it seems that it will have an effect on some oil and gas service providers.
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