On December 29, 2014 8:04 am
By John Finnerty
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state’s growing gas industry exports millions of barrels of waste to Ohio and other states, but the vast portion of its leftovers are treated and reused.
Technology used to treat and reuse wastewater from drillers’ hydraulic fracturing process, or “fracking,” was pioneered in the state’s Marcellus region, said Travis Windle, a spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
“It’s another example of how the industry is leading from the front,” he said.
David Yoxtheimer, an associate in the Penn State Cooperative Extension specializing in hydrogeology, said the technology was born from necessity.
In 2011, as natural gas drilling reached its zenith, state regulators who discovered elevated levels of chemicals in waterways barred drilling waste from being sent to sewage treatment plants.