Gas drilling in Appalachia yields a foul byproduct
The title to this article is more bark than bite. Actually a good article. Nice to see an industry acknowledging the problems and working to overcome them, instead of hiding, avoiding, or trying to tell us there is no problem at all.
Thanks. Good article. Chesapeake is fracing first two wells on me right now. They are sending as much return water as possible back into these wells from previous fracs. Noted that all the companies are working this method. My understanding is that the limit to reintroducing is tied to not limiting the useful effect of added chemicals. Optimizing this appears to be the first line of defense here. My understanding is that about 40% is returned from fracs and that is the number they are working with. Goal obviously is to set up a daisy chain wherein frac return from one well is sent down next one. This is the most significant method that is revealed in addressing this issue.
Very informative article and a nice find. Thank you. I was pleased to see Range Resources, MWE's main customer,noted in the article for its' recycling efforts. It's also noteworthy that while "Fracking" is front and center here another contributor to solids in rivers is the large number of coal fired electrical generating plants in the region. As these plants are cleaning up their air emissions the collected solids are ending up in the rivers. It turns out that air emission standards are today much more severe than river content standards. As this plays out IMO, cleaner burning natural gas should still prevail over coal. Sludge plus cancer clusters caused by coal burning remain major problems.