It seems reasonable to assume that the majority of those who are involved with disposing of waste water from fracking operations go about it legally, but some do not—and have been caught red-handed. By the same token, it is also reasonable to assume that many more instances of illegal dumping are not caught.
Any comprehensive regulation to prevent such dumping should require that fracking waste water be accounted for down to the last drop from the time it is injected until it has been disposed of in a manner prescribed by law.
In opposition to Kinder Morgan’s construction of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Upgrade Loop 323 through their public and private lands, residents of Cummins Hill Road and their supporters chanted in unison, “Poison the water, poison the air, their killing us and they don’t care.”
The rusty water is a highly acidic coal mine discharge flowing from the abandoned Clyde Mine directly into Ten Mile Creek in East Bethlehem Township in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
According to News Channel 5, Lupo owns Hardrock Excavating LLC. He faces up to three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a year of supervised release if convicted. Authorities allege Lupo directed an employee to illegally discharge the drilling mud and brine into a storm sewer that empties into the Mahoning River watershed on Jan. 31.
MUNCY – The owner of an area trucking company, along with two of his employees, has been charged with dumping thousands of gallons of gas drilling waste water onto the company’s grounds without first getting the required state permits, according to the state attorney general’s office.
On March 17, 2011 Greene County resident Robert Allan Shipman and his company, Allan’s Waste Water Service Inc., were charged with illegally dumping millions of gallons of natural gas drilling wastewater, along with restaurant grease and sewer sludge across six counties in Pennsylvania from 2003-2009.
But Keller, a natural resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, has seen a more ominous effect of the boom, too: Oil companies are spilling and dumping drilling waste onto the region’s land and into its waterways with increasing regularity.
Illegal dumping happens all the time. Add to that the spills and the runoff and…
The final photo shows them apply liquid waste to the land.
But over the 21 months it was active, more than 11 million litres of waste water – including fracking chemicals and potentially carcinogenic coal residue – was dumped in the stream.
Would it surprise you to learn that the company under investigation, Poseidon Energy Services, is a subsidiary of a company owned and run by Marcus Devine, the Huckabee-era director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Qualiity? Welcome to the Natural State.
This isn’t the first pollution rodeo for Devine’s company, by the way. Here’s another.
The above picture is of a Hawg Hauler tanker truck dumping waste water on Blake Ridge. The license number of the truck is AF65647 and the truck number is 125. We have seen many incidents of this type in the past, but this is the first time we were able to get a picture. You can see dark stains on the road and in the ditch from this type of activity. The picture was taken on September 27, 2010.