13 Oct '11, 12pm

Pennsylvania farming community turned into #naturalgas waste zone.

The following is a guest post researched and written by NRDC legal fellow John Wood: The Titchen-Bohlander family has managed its farm, nestled in a lush agricultural community in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, for over 150 years in relative peace and quiet. But this year is different. Chesapeake Energy Corporation was granted a residual waste general permit by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the processing, transfer and beneficial use of natural gas well waste at a regional treatment plant on land belonging to the Titchen-Bohlander farm's neighbor. The waste, including used drilling fluids, used frack fluids, and produced water, can be contaminated with hazardous chemicals and radioactive elements. Generally NRDC is strongly supportive of the recycling of oil and gas waste. Recycling the waste and reusing it in future operations can reduc...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall/pennsylania_farmi...

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