--Action follows filing of federal case by Clean Water Action--
(Pittsburgh) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) publicly released a proposed consent decree with Waste Treatment Corporation of Warren, PA over the weekend. This proposed settlement by the state came approximately one month after Clean Water Action had filed a federal suit against Waste Treatment Corp. for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.
Clean Water Action’s suit charged that Waste Treatment Corp. was illegally discharging up to 200,000 gallons per day of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in Warren, PA. DEP’s proposed consent decree clearly states that Waste Treatment Corp. is harming the water quality and aquatic life of the Allegheny.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) recently asked for public comment on a proposed policy that would allow companies to ship shale gas wastewater in bulk by barge on the Nation’s rivers. Shale gas wastewater is highly toxic. It contains chemicals like benzene and arsenic, high levels of salt and radioactivity. Shipping it by barge is not a good idea - click here to tell the Coast Guard your oppose it's proposal.
The USCG recognizes that shale gas wastewater doesn’t meet their usual definition of “listed cargo” because it contains multiple hazardous materials and the chemical composition varies from load to load.
Combating air pollution in Allegheny County, organizing with residents in the municipalities across the Ohio River to reduce the pollution coming from Neville Island and ensure that industry is being a "good neighbor is just some of our work to make air cleaner in Allegheny County.Find out more at the Bucket Bridgade.