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.