Deadlines Near for Comments to US EPA and US Coast Guard

by Duane Nichols on November 13, 2013

Deadline to Submit Information for EPAs Hydraulic Fracturing Study is November 15th

From the US Environmental Protection Agency :

Greetings: To ensure that the EPA is up-to-date on evolving hydraulic fracturing practices and technologies, we’ve been soliciting relevant data and scientific literature specific to potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. EPA’s Federal Register Request for Information to Inform Hydraulic Fracturing Research Related to Drinking Water Resources will be closing on Friday, November 15, 2013.

While the EPA is conducting a thorough literature search, there may be studies or other primary technical sources that are not available through the open literature. Interested persons may provide scientific analyses, studies, and other pertinent scientific information, preferably information which has undergone scientific peer review. The EPA will consider all submissions but will give preference to all peer reviewed data and literature sources.

Thank you for your interest in EPA’s study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.


US Coast Guard Wants Input on Frack Waste Barging

Comment deadline November 29, 2013

Those wishing to comment on whether companies such as GreenHunter should barge natural gas fracking waste have until Nov. 29 to let the Coast Guard know their concerns.

GreenHunter is in the process of building a frack water recycling plant at N. 28th Street in Warwood, directly adjacent to the Wheeling Heritage Trail. John Jack, vice president of Business Development for GreenHunter, said the facility will help reduce congestion on roadways by replacing truck traffic with barge transport. He estimates only one loaded vessel will leave the Warwood dock each week.

However, members of the “Wheeling Water Warriors,” as well as Wheeling Jesuit University biology professor Ben Stout, remain concerned about GreenHunter’s plans. Stout believes having frack water that can contain hazardous materials such as arsenic, barium and bromides at a facility that is 1.2 miles upstream from the city of Wheeling’s water treatment plant is dangerous. Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the brine GreenHunter wants to recycle in Warwood can contain radioactive radium and radon.

Comments must feature the docket number, USCG-2013-0915. They should include one’s name, mailing address and an email address or a telephone number so Coast Guard officials can reach those whom it may question regarding their comments.

Approximately 30 trucks, each carrying about 100 barrels of brine water from local fracking operations, would arrive at the site each day once it is up and running.


<<  The comments must include the docket number, USCG-2013-0915. >>

Those who would like to comment about allowing companies such as GreenHunter to barge natural gas frack waste on U.S. waterways can:

1.Go to!documentDetail;D=USCG-2013-0915-0001

2. Fax comments to 202-493-2251;   3. Mail them to Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, D.C. 20590-0001.

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