January 23, 2012
By Ted Zangari Despite what critics contend, wastewater and sewage management legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week is not a threat to the environment. It leaves environmental protections in place while providing a remedy for overreaching regulations that have compounded the economic damage of the Great Recession. The new law addresses a cumbersome process for wastewater treatment planning that was put in place in 2008. It required counties to attempt to precisely predict development and therefore sewer services decades in advance.
January 8, 2012 |
Metaphorically speaking, the shale-gas boom was supposed to bring seismic changes to America's energy landscape. But after a series of earthquakes during the holidays shook Youngstown, Ohio, authorities are focusing on a literal link between seismic activity and gas development. Seismologists say there is strong evidence that the Ohio quakes were induced by the underground disposal of wastewater from natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale. The earthquakes originated about two miles below the surface, close to the point where an underground injection well discharged wastewater into porous sandstone for permanent disposal.
January 4, 2012 |
A series of earthquakes in northwestern Ohio, the latest and largest on New Year's Eve, has prompted that state's Department of Natural Resources to close or suspend development by natural gas drillers of five deep wastewater disposal wells pending an investigation into well impact on increased seismic activity in the area. The latest earthquake, registering a magnitude of 4.0, was centered five miles northwest of Youngstown and very close to the 9,000-foot-deep Northstar No. 1 disposal well owned by D&L Energy, which receives most of its brine and fracking wastewater from Marcellus Shale drilling operations in Pennsylvania.
January 3, 2012
Authorities probe mosque attack NEW YORK - While members of an Islamic cultural center gathered for a dinner Sunday evening, a Molotov cocktail thrown by an unknown assailant burst against the center's main entrance, and another was thrown at the sign for the center's school. It was one of a string of suspected arson attacks that police were investigating on Monday as possible bias crimes and trying to determine whether the incidents were linked. No arrests had been made. Structural damage to the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation was minimal, but some members of the center were emotionally shaken, the assistant imam said.
November 1, 2011 |
A Coatesville-area man serving probation for 2008 wastewater-treatment violations in Chester County faces new charges related to his operation of a Delaware County sewage plant, the state Attorney General's Office said Monday. A news release identified him as Thomas M. Horrex, 57, of East Fallowfield Township. Horrex is the owner of TMH Environmental Services Inc. and has run the Fox Valley Community Services Sewage Treatment Plant in Concord Township since 2010, the release said.
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.