ACTION: Email your comments before Friday, Dec. 6 to attention of Dr. Cynthia A. Znati at (HazmatStandards@uscg.mil) with Docket # – USCG 2013 0915 on the Subject line.
Claiming that it can be done safely, without leaks or spills, shale gas companies have asked the U.S. Coast Guard to permit barging frack waste water from the Marcellus gas patch to Texas and Louisiana. At present the toxic waste water is carried by truck or rail into Ohio for immersion in deep wells. Spills on land are bad enough but spilling this hazardous waste into rivers from which people get their drinking water is another
The Coast Guard proposes that barge owners test the waste water to identify hazardous chemicals and the level of radioactivity. The resulting hazardous-material report would be available to the public, but the identities of “proprietary” chemicals would not be available. Comment on the USGC proposal can be submitted by Email before FRIDAY DEC 6 to attention of Dr. Dr. Cynthia A. Znati at < HazmatStandards@uscg.mil> with Docket # – USCG 2013 0915 on the Subject line.
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