How about posting a link to it, I couldn't find it. ty
What made you dig up this post?
good question the article is 2008
Oil and gas companies couldn't dump their enormous amount of frac and production wastewater into sewage treatment plants anymore because it wasn't treating the waste and was causing serious water pollution and drinking water problems in rivers and streams all over pa. So they threaten to move their rigs out of pa. Wouldn't you think they should have thought about this possible problem before they came to pa. Cart before the horse.
The oil companies saw the pollution problems coming. They simply made their decisions based on economics. They do things until its not profitable anymore and then they go somewhere else. My sister was selling her farm and had moved out of the house. While the home was vacant an oil company used a bulldozer to plow a road right through the middle of her front yard so they could get to the neighbors property where they had an oil rig. When she found out about it she had to take them to court in order to get them to fix the damage they had caused to her property. What they had to pay her for damages was nothing compared to what they made off the oil well while they were using the illegal road. For the oil company it was just a matter of economics.
The O&G companies don't decide how the frac water is treated the State of PA did. A few of the O&G companies told PA they were nuts sending it to water treatment plants. It's not just PA water that was effected. The Wheeling Water dept. in WV sent me a notice rates are going up 25% plus a higher base fee because they have to mix the Ohio River water with 50% well water to try and get close to EPA guidlines. That means every water dept. on down the river. I think they should sue the State of PA for the cost increases. The worst thing about this it has fired up the Anti crowd and they are here in Ohio protesting where nothing like this is known to have ever happened. I don't have a rig in my backyard yet.......Send em on over to Ohio.
I think I know some of the answer but I still like to ask the question. What the hell did these O&G companies think they were going to do with this waste? Did they not know that Pa. had something like only 6 disposal wells. OOPs. They know how it has to be done in Oklahoma and Texas. What the hell happened in Pa. It's like Pa. was the first place that fracing ever took place so they didn't know what to expect. Is PA- DEP that stupid and uniformed that they didn't know what would happen if this waste went into rivers and streams? They allegedly ignored complaints about long lines of tank trucks lined up at sewage treatment plants along the Monongahala River and questions asked by sewage treatment plant operators about the waste. Don't drink the water in that state.
"The worst thing about this it has fired up the Anti crowd and they are here in Ohio protesting where nothing like this is known to have ever happened". Actually Dan it has. In the early 1980's there was a serious brine disposal problem in Ohio especially in NE Ohio. A clinton oil boom occurred in the late 70's and 80's and brine was dumped EVERYWHERE. In sand and gravel pits, strip mines, slag dumps, woods rivers and streams. It ruined water wells and received much local and state news media coverage. Due to this, local US Congresssman Dennis Eckert promoted a bill that made changes to federal oil and gas laws regarding disposal of oil and gas waste. Because of the new fed regulations and news media coverage and pressure from the state EPA, the agency which regulates oil and gas in the state, ODNR, was forced to require injection wells to be drilled by industry.
They're pulling out PA due to the dry gas market not being as profitable as the wet gas.....They'll be back.