—Fracking Wastewater Restrictions Proposed “” Sending wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations to municipal sewage treatment plants is neither technologically or economically practical, but the Environmental Protection Agency is moving to prevent it in the future. The agency proposed a rule last week that would prohibit the discharge of fracking wastewater to publicly owned sewage plants. The agency says the action is needed because unconventional oil and gas extraction facilities have sent wastewater to sewage plants in the past, so the potential remains for some to do so in the future. At a single fracking well, millions of gallons of water may be injected deep underground to release natural gas or petroleum from rock formations.
by Jessica Morrison |
April 13, 2015