The shale gas drilling industry wants to use barges to move its potentially toxic wastewater across rivers and lakes to disposal sites across the country. But the U.S. Coast Guard, which regulates the nation’s waterways, must first decide whether it’s safe.
Public Source, an independent, nonprofit news organization based in Pittsburgh, reports that U.S. Coast Guard Commander Michael Roldan says the waste can’t currently be shipped by barge.
James McCarville, executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, an agency that advocates for waterway transport, says using barges is a good idea.
The Coast Guard plans to publish its proposal on transporting wastewater in the Federal Register, so the public and the industry will have an opportunity to weigh in.
The Coast Guard has no timeline yet for publication.
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