Coast Guard plan would let fracking wastewater travel on barges


(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to allow wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, to be shipped on river barges, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The policy would lower disposal costs for energy companies, which currently rely on tanker trucks and rail cars to transport drilling waste. The proposal did not cite potential threats to the environment but did cite safety risks for barge workers.

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By Professional Mariner Staff