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The Marcellus Shale Gas Companies are Allowed to Dump in the Rivers, Why Do I have to Pay to put in sewage?

January 10, 2011

Now the title is a rhetorical question, because everyone knows why there is the need for sewage control. Well that is most people, it looks as if those in Harrisburg don’t get it.

The DEP allows Marcellus Shale drilling companies to dump their contaminated Fracking water into the Pennsylvania rivers.


The natural gas boom gripping parts of the U.S. has a nasty byproduct: wastewater so salty, and so polluted with metals like barium and strontium, that most states require drillers to get rid of the stuff by injecting it down shafts thousands of feet deep.

Not in Pennsylvania, one of the states at the center of the gas rush.

There, the liquid that gushes from gas wells is only partially treated for substances that could be environmentally harmful, then dumped into rivers and streams from which communities get their drinking water.

One of the chemicals used is really a mixture of many chemicals, the mixture is called Zeta-Flow, Not all the chemicals used are known and Halliburton the producer and user of Zeta-Flow will not release the make up of Zeta-Flow saying it is protected under industrial patens. They did not even give up the information when it meant the life of a worker and a nurse that worked on him. (However, after a legal fight they did and the doctor that was given the information was not able to give out that information under the threat of penalty of law.)

It is starting to effect more people than those close to the sites, and with this new law allowing the dumping into the water ways of Pa., where millions of Pennsylvanians get there drinking water.

The municipal authority that provides drinking water to Beaver Falls, 27 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, began flunking tests for trihalomethanes regularly last year, around the time that a facility 18 miles upstream, Advanced Waste Services, became Pennsylvania’s dominant gas wastewater treatment plant.

Trihalomethanes are not found in drilling wastewater, but there can be a link. The wastewater often contains bromide, which reacts with the chlorine used to purify drinking water. That creates trihalomethanes.

The EPA says people who drink water with elevated levels of trihalomethanes for many years have an increased risk of cancer and could also develop liver, kidney or central nervous system problems.

So when you write your State Legislators, thank them for taking the side of Big Business instead of you and the welfare of your families.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2011 6:16 pm

    Lee, I was just wondering what you felt was a lie. It is hard to debate “This is a big lie.”


  2. Lee permalink
    September 12, 2011 3:48 pm

    This is a big lie.


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