Drilling Wastewater Dumped in Allegheny

By CASEY JUNKINS – Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING – Samples taken near water treatment plants accepting wastewater from natural gas drilling sites contained higher than average levels of hazardous chemicals.

The samples were drawn last year from the Allegheny River north of Pittsburgh, according to Stanley States, director of water quality production for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

“As far as I know, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are the only states in the union to allow flowback water to flow into the river,” States said during a West Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association meeting at Oglebay Park on Tuesday.

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