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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Drillers Stopped Dumping Flowback In Rivers; Or Did They???

Four treatment plants accused of raising bromide levels in Allegheny

By Bob Bauder and Timothy Puko,

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on Friday accused four industrial wastewater treatment plants on the Allegheny River and its tributaries of increasing bromide levels in the river that supplies drinking water to nearly 500,000 people.

Stanley States, PWSA's water quality director, said he suspects the privately owned plants are processing wastewater from Marcellus shale gas drilling operations, which contains bromide, a naturally occurring salty compound that can form cancer-causing agents when it combines with the chlorine in drinking water.

He would not identify the plants, citing liability concerns.

"We can pretty much tell where the bromide is coming from and these (wastewater) plants are primary contributors," States said. "We've called them and given them our data. They have as much as told us that unless there's a real mandate, a legal requirement that they no longer dispose of this stuff, that they're going to do it. There's a lot of money involved." More...


Anonymous said...

wow can you believe that.. they know but will not stop until a law is in placed.. How can they do that.!!!!!! OMG they should be made to drink that water.. Money doesn't cure cancer.. All those people drinking that water... Terrible just terrible..
I can see law suits coming down the road..

Anonymous said...

Wait, wait, wait,,, "accused" is the key word, theres no conviction. Just accusations, time will tell that these plants are innocent.

Anonymous said...

The Steeleers can uswe the "Bromide" excuse why the Ravens beat em this week...