Every day, trucks offload natural gas drilling wastewater at the McKeesport Water Authority treatment plant. Once treated inside, the cleaner water is discharged into the Monongahela River. Come May 19, that will stop.
Last month, KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan was the first to report about a danger to drinking water linked to natural gas drilling water.
Environmental groups are suing the McKeesport and Franklin, Greene County, municipal authorities saying they are improperly treating gas drilling waste water.
The Department of Environmental Protection said the rivers were clear of radioactivity from drilling on Monday. Now they’re concerned about bromides which can form cancer-causing compounds and they want to find out where they’re coming from.
In the past, there have been problems in the Monongahela River with bromides, salty substances which can become carcinogenic when treated in water treatment plants. KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan has discovered that same problem now exists in the Allegheny River.