So You Thought The Salt Ate You Car Away Before? Oh Check the Deer and Beef Also
Ok, so you think like so many do, Fracking doesn’t and will never affect you. Well think again.
Here in Pennsyl-fracking-vania they will be treating icy roads with the flow-back water from frack drilling. Not so fast New Yorker, your state is thinking of doing it also. So you thought the salt ate away your cars before?
The state Department of Environmental Protection pulled a “switcheroo” by approving a permit that allows the spreading of chemical salts from Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing wastewater on roadways and fields statewide, according to an environmental organization’s appeal of that permit.
Not only will it affect our vehicles, it will be killing more animals. Squirrels, deer and other woodland critters that like to lick the salt off the roads and runoff ares. Then you have the runoff getting into streams and well water.
You might be asking yourself, what is so different from the brine they use now. Well the big thing is it is not radioactive. Then you have the fact that it is contaminated with fracking chemicals.
Our friends at the DEP are up to their old tricks and have not learned anything from the incident of not reporting all pollutants in landowners well water.
PennFuture claimed in its 11-page filing Monday that the required public notice for the permit described it narrowly as allowing the Little Falls, N.J.-firm to treat and process fracking wastewater from Marcellus Shale wells at a facility in North Fayette.
But the DEP, after meeting and corresponding with Integrated Water, issued a different “general permit” that says nothing about wastewater treatment. Instead, the issued permit changes the definition of two chemical compounds produced by the company’s treatment process from waste to “beneficial use” and authorizes the spreading and use of the chemical salts for road and sidewalk de-icer, roadway dust suppression and soil stabilization. No public comment or input on those uses was sought by the state agency.
“We are surprised,” the DEP statement said, “that PennFuture would be attacking the basic environmentally sound practice of recycling of water used for hydraulic fracturing.”
Ok let’s see what a General Permit allows and why it should have not been given in this case. (Oh and by-the-way, I would not eat any local deer, or beef.)
The general permit allows the “beneficial use” of the chemical salts as long as the radiological levels of uranium, thorium, more than a dozen metals and volatile organics does not exceed specific limits. The permit requires the company to regularly analyze the salt byproducts produced in its fracking wastewater treatment process.
There is one thing you can say about this Governor in Harrisburg, he has let the Gas Industry find new and creative ways to poison his constituents. (Even the ones that don’t have Fracking going on in their back yards.)