Spreading oil and gas wastewater has been a cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust on unpaved roads in parts of Pennsylvania for years. But the waste can contain high levels of radioactive materials and other pollutants that are bad for water quality and human health.
Shell’s Falcon Pipeline would run through Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, transporting the ethane necessary to fuel the cracker plant its building in Western, PA. The cracker creates ethylene, which is used in manufacturing plastics.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will spend the money on projects around the state that treat polluted mine water, stabilize unsafe mine lands, and put out underground mine fires.
Ohioans are concerned about the impact that all the new well pads, pipelines, compressor stations and diesel truck traffic are having on the environment and the quality of life in their rural communities. What can they learn from what has happened in southwestern Pennsylvania?