Coast Guard To Allow Barge Transport Of Fracking Waste

Law360, New York (October 29, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Coast Guard issued a proposal on Tuesday allowing barges to carry hydraulic fracturing wastewater in bulk, giving energy companies an additional option for moving the chemicals to storage or reprocessing centers away from the drilling site.

Citing commercial interest in using inland waterways to bring the shale gas extraction wastewater from Pennsylvania and other parts of northern Appalachia to disposal locations in Ohio, Texas and Louisiana, the Coast Guard said it will grant certain vessels the right to transport the toxic chemicals.

Although some...
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