The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced on November 18, 2011, a new preliminary process that will authorize the use of acid mine water during the hydraulic-fracturing of Marcellus shale gas wells. According to DEP's press release, more than 300- million gallons of acid mine drainage is discharged into the state's waterways each day. DEP's new process would permit this drainage to be taken before it reaches local waterways and used in hydraulic-fracturing. Comments will be received by DEP over the next few months and a position paper is expected in February of 2012.
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Written by Andy Schwabenbauer, Research Fellow
November 21, 2011