Plan to ship wastewater into Ohio is put on hold

A Texas-based company wants to use river barges to move its potentially toxic wastewater in Ohio, but federal officials must first decide whether it's safe.
Associated Press
Jan 14, 2013

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/TV5F8z ) that Grapevine, Texas-based GreenHunter Water has its plan on hold as authorities investigate environmental questions regarding the wastewater from the gas drilling industry.

The industry uses water and chemicals to stimulate production of natural gas locked in shale. Some of that water comes back to the surface. It gets recycled or is taken by truck to industrial treatment plants or deep injection wells for treatment or disposal.

The newspaper reports that GreenHunter Water has bought liquid-storage tanks at an Ohio River terminal in New Matamoras in southeastern Ohio. The terminal could serve as a transfer point to truck the waste.

 

Comments

The Bizness

While I am against all forms of fossil fuels personally there is great short term economic benefit to fracking.

However, we should not be taking in other states waste to deposit into deep injection wells. These wells do fail, and they do contaminate ground water supplies.

We should use nat gas as a bridge to our future of solar and wind and other renewables. We can use our areas infrastructure to become the manufacturing center for these next gen technologies.

Truth or Dare

"Is Fracking Safe? Debate on Controversial Natural Gas Drilling Technique as NY Moratorium May Expire." - Jan 4, 2013, WATCH IT!

Texas and Texans can't store their own poisonous, toxic wastewater? They don't want it anymore than they would in Cali, with good reason! Why in God's name would other States want it? Oh, right, $$$$$$'s to store or dispose of! Gotta raise revenue however we can in these harsh economic times, even if it means accepting poison from other States and becoming nothing more than a Nation's Toxic Dumpsite! Hooray for the Ohio River Valley folks. They must be estatic at the possibility of becoming the recipients and keepers of this waste!

Contango

@ Truth or Dare:

Click on the Col. Dispatch link. The co. is TX based, the waste water is from PA. Sheesh!

Factitious

The article is about fracking waste, and the state it came from is a red herring that has little to do with the issue, but YOU as much as anyone made the discussion about Texas. Sheesh, yourself!

And you never did answer my question - do we really want a country in which your state's ticket to prosperity is to treat your workers the worst and to allow the most pollution?

shucks

:)

Really are you ...

Send it to China and tell them it came from the fresh water aqua ducts feeding the great lakes. Then maybe they will stop taking that fresh water from the lakes to China. Sorry forgot we can not do it to them, but as long as we try to pollute, contaminate, and spread disease amongst the people of the US, thats fine.

EricB

You guys have gotten off topic a bit. This brine and fracking water has dangerous chemicals in it that will eventually get into the groundwater
and contaminate the drinking water. The state of Ohio is unfortunately
accepting this stuff from other states. As Truth or Dare stated, Ohio is
accepting this poison from other states for the all mighty dollar and is
quickly becoming a big toxic waste dump. I bet that the people the live
down in southeast Ohio are just thrilled to find this out. Just because it
is not happening here doesn't mean that it isn't a problem. This needs to
STOP NOW!

Factitious

You're right.

In addition, even if they were fracking with distilled water and nothing else, they can still contaminate perfectly good groundwater with whatever is down there.

shucks

Why ship it way up here?
Isn't there any room in Texas?

kURTje

All you that made fun of global warming let them put their stinky H two O in your backyard.

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