The Marcellus Shale Coalition and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association plan to study radioactive material in drilling-related activities.
Oil and gas drilling waste can contain naturally occurring radioactive material, which also can contaminate equipment over time or be concentrated during treatment and disposal. MSC President David Spigelmyer says the study will help the industry more fully understand and address the issue to protect workers and surrounding communities.
The state Department of Environmental Protection is already conducting a similar study.
County, company reach agreement
Kalamazoo County and Enbridge Inc. have reached a proposed agreement in which the county would get $100,000 and the pipeline company would have the right to set up a dredging operation at a park.
Deputy County Administrator John Faul said the difference is Enbridge would pump dredged sediment to tanker trucks and ship the material to an off-site facility in Calhoun County instead of processing the sediment at a dredge pad on-site at River Oaks County Park.
It’s part of the continued cleanup from a massive oil spill in 2010. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge was responsible for the spill.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has granted companies a one-month extension to submit information about hazardous chemicals used and stored at oil and gas drilling locations to local emergency personnel.
On Sept. 11, the OEPA issued a letter saying oil- and gas-well owners and operators had to file documentation outlining what hazardous materials were on-site above certain thresholds with the agency’s State Emergency Response Commission, county local emergency planning commissions and fire departments who cover the area.