AP: PA Allows Dumping of Tainted Waters from Gas Boom

DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press

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.

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  1. Zukowski says:

    No not in Pennsylvania, why this state and not others? Well if the other states was run on the good old boy and kick backs from town supervises to the Governor office they would have the same problem. New York put a stop on gas drilling yet Governor Rendell said sure go drill in Tioga, Potter county and our Forest. Kill our people rape our land just make sure we get paid. None of the money comes back to the people up here. And there’s a lot more.

  2. Zukowski says:

    Governor Rendell I apologize to you, he put a stop to the drilling. It’s our new governor that lifted the sanction on the drilling. We did investigation on a couple on the harvesting in our Forest and millions of dollars were taken out and hardly any money came back to the area. Oh by the why follow some of the tankers and were they go and do, or talk to some of the drivers that’s if their willing to talk. Were is all the money going from gas company’s, wind mills and the Forest? NOT back to us up here. Wake up people before there’s nothing left in our beautiful counties.

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