19 May '11, 7pm

When is hazardous waste not hazardous waste? When you're a NY natural gas producer, of course. #fracking

Among the most critical of the many questions New York faces when deciding whether to open up its share of the Marcellus Shale to new natural gas drilling is what to do with the huge quantities of toxic, potentially radioactive wastewater that comes from fracked wells. Unfortunately, the answer is – well, there are no good answers right now. That’s one of the top reasons why New York Governor Cuomo and the state legislature must take every precaution possible to make sure drilling does not move forward here unless and until it’s proven drilling – and waste disposal – can be done safely. Top environmental regulators in Pennsylvania recently asked gas producing companies to stop sending fracking waste to wastewater treatment plants, because they weren’t adequately equipped to treat the toxic ingredients. (Drillers in PA will still be allowed to send wastewater to industrial ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ksinding/when_is_hazard...

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