Gas Drilling Industry Makes Stunning Admission

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Officials with the Marcellus Shale drilling industry made a shocking admission Tuesday morning.

The president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, which represents natural gas companies, said the group now believes the natural gas exploration industry is partly responsible for rising levels of contaminants found in area drinking water.

The group came to the conclusion after reviewing research from Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

One of the major factors that led to the conclusion was the discovery of bromide in the water. It’s a salt that is also found in drilling wastewater.

Now, the DEP is calling on Marcellus Shale drillers to stop taking wastewater to 15 treatment plants in the state.

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  • Rob

    Clean water is necessary for life. Natural gas and money aren’t.

    • Jason

      Did any of you happen to READ the article ?

      The contamination is coming from the TREATMENT PLANTS.

      They are apparently incapable of cleaning the water thoroughly hence the DEP stopping the driller fro taking the waste to the water treatment plants.

  • autismmom

    somebody stop them before we all die of cancer. this benefits nobody but money grubbing idiots.

  • Brendan

    Here is the paper that started this: “Implications for Disposal of Oil and Gas Flowback Fluids from Brine Treatment Plants”-

  • roseanna

    At a time when there are more people on the planet that ever before, it certainly does not make sense to be destroying our most precious resource – WATER – to extract a short lived commodity such as natural gas.

  • Paul

    We need a severance tax on the natural gas industry. We should use some of the money from that for ubiquitous water quality testing: test every city water supply intake, test every water treatment outflow, test a sampling of rural wells, and test all of this twice a year, in times of flood and in times of drought.

    • Margitte Meyer

      @ Paul. That is exactly what I propose as well. Since fracking started before anyone knew the after effects, nobody was prepared to prove the destruction it brought, since no prior water testing was done.

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  • Brian

    This is something I knew all along, and actually, everyone in the area should have known all along as well. Do some research people, and realize that the stories you are hearing about people in other states aren’t just lies designed to sabotage the industry. Actually, it is much too late. The ground water is already polluted, we have already lost Dunkard Creek, and now Carmichaels is in a tug-o-war trying to keep their water good enough to even bathe in. They can’t even take hot showers for God’s sake!!!!!!

    The people here should have learned from previous fossil fuels driven industries that raped the land and water in times past. They promised glory and wealth for all the people, but instead, we have massive pollution, high cancer rates, and hundreds of piles of coke ash laying around all over Southwestern Pennsylvania. Not to mention permanently polluted rivers, streams, and creeks that we have to put pet trout in every year just to be able to catch descent fish. It’s all to obvious, when are you going to wake up and stop falling for the schemes that these fossil fuels industries bring to the table each and every time? When they are too afraid to even tell you what they are pumping into the ground, you should be suspicious. Where are the brains around here? (sound of crickets chirping….)

  • Frank

    The problems go way beyond water. Some people are having trouble with their houses or land cracking. Some are suggesting its a mine subsidence problem when in fact it could be the explosive nature of the fracking could be causing those mines to collapse and subsequently damage people’s houses or land. So perhaps the liability lies with the frackers? Seems like there is a major PR campaign to make the frackers look like harmless economic heroes when in fact their techniques, pollution and destruction are terrorizing people in ways so many have yet to understand. On the local radio station the rep for Range resources suggested its just sea salt and things like that in their waste water. Its unbelievable. Meanwhile, my parents and many other families are getting letters saying there is no immediate danger to drink their water, but suggests you could need dialysis from kidney failure over the long haul. How long? one year? 5 years? People are too divided. If its not happening to them, many could care less. That kind of attitude is slowly ruining peoples individual and collective well being in more ways than we can count.The problems with fracking go way beyond this, gas seeping all over the nation, many of us are breathing it in low concentrations. Some higher.

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