October 21, 2011 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it wanted to develop national standards for the disposal of polluted wastewater from shale-gas drilling - a move that puzzled Pennsylvania officials, who said Marcellus Shale operators had already halted discharges. The EPA's proposal is aimed at federally regulated pretreatment facilities that process some wastewater from natural-gas drilling before passing it along to state-regulated municipal sewage systems for final processing and discharge.
September 16, 2011 |
Ed Rendell may not get invited to another Marcellus Shale industry conference any time soon. A week after the former governor dressed down the natural gas industry at its first conference in Philadelphia - "the industry frankly has been a great disappointment to me" - tongues are still wagging about Rendell's remarks. Rendell, who one news outlet called the "skunk at the garden party," admonished gas operators for "screwing up" and giving anti-drilling activists legitimacy.
July 10, 2011 |
Marcellus Shale gas wells have proven to be prodigious producers not just of natural gas, but of toxic wastewater, too. Ted Leisenring thinks he can make money off both. Leisenring, 57, a Berwyn businessman, is cooking up a project to build a power plant to generate electricity by burning Marcellus gas, and then use the plant's heat to purify wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing process. "This is a no-discharge solution for frack water," said Leisenring, whose venture is called Marcellus Power Solutions L.L.C.
June 12, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The 32-story turbines of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm have so dramatically changed Atlantic City's skyline - perhaps more than any casino could - that tourists haven't stopped asking questions about them since they went up five years ago along a back-bay salt marsh. Some casino hotel guests are so fascinated that they ask for rooms with a view of the five delicate fans, resort operators say. So the Atlantic County Utilities Authority is cranking open the security gates at the Route 30 wastewater-treatment facility that houses the turbines for twice-a-week tours in June, July, and August.
May 13, 2011 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday stepped up pressure on Pennsylvania regulators to tighten wastewater disposal standards for natural gas drillers, a federal assertion of authority that rubbed the Marcellus Shale industry the wrong way. The EPA directed the six biggest Marcellus Shale natural gas operators to disclose how and where they recycle or dispose of drilling wastewater in the region. Those companies have promised to abide by a call from Pennsylvania's top environmental regulator to stop sending their wastewater to 15 treatment plants by Thursday.
April 20, 2011 |
Pennsylvania regulators on Tuesday called on Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers to stop sending wastewater to 15 treatment plants, citing an increased risk of contaminating public drinking water. The Department of Environmental Protection's action, while voluntary, will likely set the stage for a formal ban on the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the state's rivers. "Now is the time to take action to end this practice," acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer said in a statement Tuesday.
April 19, 2011 |
Pennsylvania regulators on Tuesday called on Marcellus Shale natural-gas drillers to stop sending wastewater to 15 treatment plants, citing an increased risk of contaminating public drinking water supplies. The Department of Environmental Protection's action, while voluntary, will likely set the stage for a formal ban on the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the state's rivers. "Now is the time to take action to end this practice," acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer said in a statement Tuesday.
March 23, 2011 |
The level of salty compounds in the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh spiked above acceptable limits in late 2008 - not a health risk, according to federal and state regulators, but drinking water drawn from the river tasted like mud. Environmentalists blamed the contamination on Marcellus Shale gas-drilling discharges. Natural-gas drillers pointed to other sources in the historically stressed river: pollutants from coal mines and other industrial discharges. Which source was to blame didn't really matter.
March 9, 2011 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's statistics on Marcellus Shale natural gas activity contain serious flaws and inconsistencies, and do not accurately report the volume of wastewater being reused in the industry's much-touted recycling efforts. The DEP's most recent statewide statistics on wastewater production overstate by nearly two times the amount of wastewater produced during the last six months of 2010 largely because one the 39 operators who filed reports last month inadvertently entered the wrong data in its forms.
March 8, 2011 |
About a week after news reports indicated that radioactive wastewater from natural gas drilling may be entering some public water supplies in Pennsylvania, state officials announced test results showing that radiation levels in seven streams near drilling sites were normal or below normal. The Department of Environmental Protection tested seven streams in western and north-central Pennsylvania, taking samples downstream of wastewater-treatment plants and upstream of drinking-water intakes.