From Richard A. Martin, Coordinator, PA Forest Coalition
How Safe is Your Water Supply ? Over 53 Million Gallons of Drilling Fluids Missing
AP Interactive: Marcellus Shale Wastewater Map
This map is incomplete because:
- It lists only 16 places where Frackwater Flowback has been documented. There are many more, not listed. We should know where all flowback water, cuttings and other “residual waste” from Marcellus Gas drilling activities is going.
- It does not include the “Phantom Flowback” – the percent that is unaccounted for. Of the roughly 252,000,000 gallons of well liquids produced in a 12-month period examined by The Associated Press, the state could not account for the disposal method for over 53 million gallons – over 21 % of the total [pennlive posting of AP report].
Where did it go? We can only wonder. We should demand an accounting for every gallon of the toxic fluids – “cradle to grave” sign-off from every hauler and disposal area. Fines for missing fluids should be big enough to make it unprofitable for a driller to “accidentally” lose a few tanker trucks of frackwater flowback.
We would suggest $10 per gallon for any that is unaccounted for. The companies that run their operations by-the-book have nothing to fear. The sloppy outfits that continually cut corners should pay for their poor practices. They give a black eye to the industry.
Contact your legislators and ask them to support legislation requiring “cradle to grave” accounting of frackwater flowback. Flowback contains dozens of toxic chemicals, some of which have been proven to cause cancer. These chemicals should NOT be allowed to be deposited in our rivers and streams and lakes. The solution to pollution is NOT dilution.
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