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NEPA Congressman Introduces Bill to Close Gas Loophole

A truck delivers drilling waste water to a frack water recycling plant in Susquehanna County

Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A truck delivers drilling waste water to a frack water recycling plant in Susquehanna County

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Lackawanna County, has introduced a bill to end an oil and gas exemption to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which was passed back in 1976 establishes standards for proper disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA tracks industrial wastes from “cradle to grave.” But when it comes to the oil and gas industry, as long as the waste water is on the drill site, or in transit, it is not considered hazardous. This also applies to drilling mud.

“Under current federal law, oil and gas companies do not even have to test their waste to see if it is toxic,” said Cartwright in a press release, “leaving us with no way of knowing what is being disposed of and how it is being treated.  It is time oil and gas companies comply with existing minimum standards and oversight.”

With no federal oversight of the waste, regulation is left to the states. Cartwright says that has yielded mixed results, and thinks there needs to be one federal standard. The “Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary and Needless Evasion of Regulations” Act, or CLEANER, would eliminate the oil and gas exemption. But the bill may have a tough time getting through the Republican controlled House.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522786448 Scott Cannon

    Matt Cartwright’s Press Conference on the “CLEANER” act
    http://youtu.be/PhBDDI5xjn8

  • crystalpoint

    U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Lackawanna County, has introduced a bill to end an oil and gas exemption to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),

    Tell U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwrght, to mind his own business, we do not need the federal boys on our lands in Pennsylvania, enforcing laws, which are already on the books.

    Waste water or drilling mud from any drill site in Pa., is classified by State regulators at the drill site, or in transit, is classified by DEP as hazardous materials! By the way DEP follows all such materials, from the “cradle to grave.”

    Mr.., Cartwright, I advise you to get busy on some matters more importantly to our country, e.g. the Keystone Pipeline approval, and reducing our National outrageous debt. It is not necessary to implement any more redundant rules, which places undue burdens on Gas and Oil Companies who wish to drill here in Pennsylvania! They are doing a fine job, without federal regulators, and they have been given the green light, by our own State Governor, and most legislators!
    Ray Smith

    • Moosic

      thank you Matt Cartwright…It’s about time.

    • rb

      So it is okay that this fracking water is going into well water that people are using? And getting sick from? So much for cradle to grave….

  • madashellinpa

    It’s about someone manned up.

  • Kim Triolo Feil

    If radiation is a cure for cancer, then it must be good for us in our drinking water…isn’t that the frackers logic? you know how carbon dioxide makes things grow and so is good for us and so climate change must be good for us too?…

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