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Pollution linked to gas drilling is clearing up

Published: Thu, November 8, 2012 @ 2:53 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say a water quality problem in the Monongahela River that may have been linked to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling is going away.

Researcher Jeanne VanBriesen says today that the decline appears to coincide with a voluntary ban on disposing gas drilling wastewater that took effect in the spring of 2011.

VanBriesen says preliminary data from this year showed that levels of salty bromides produced by drilling have declined significantly when compared to 2010 and 2011. In many cases the bromides were at undetectable levels in the river this year, and in general they returned to background, or normal levels.

Though not considered a pollutant by themselves, the bromides combine with the chlorine used in water treatment to produce compounds that can threaten public health.


1cambridge(3031 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

So if they are no longer dumping it the river....where are they dumping it now?

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2commyliberal(94 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

@cambridge: they are shipping concentrated fracking water to Ohio to dispose of it in injection wells.

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3Think121(51 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The above comment is correct. I am ashamed to say that we are bringing our waste to ruin your beautiful state. Do people there know how radioactive the waste is, or are they trying to hide it from you?

This must be stopped and stopped NOW.

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