Waste Shipment Fracas Threatens Fracking Expansion

Law360, New York (December 19, 2013, 7:05 PM ET) -- A federal proposal allowing drilling companies to ship hydraulic fracturing wastewater to disposal facilities by barge has created a critical new battlefield in the ongoing fracking wars — pitting environmental groups determined to impede fracking against operators who need to expand their transport options.

The U.S. Coast Guard has received more than 29,000 comments from environmental groups urging it to nix a proposed rule that would allow barges to carry fracking wastewater in bulk down the nation's waterways. The regulation would provide operators with a cost-effective...
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