Scranton Landfill Gets Permission to Process Liquid Frack Waste

MDN has long covered stories about PA’s third busiest landfill, the Keystone Sanitary Landfill, near Scranton. Why? Because they accept drill cuttings (leftover rock and dirt) from shale drilling. In March 2012 the landfill was allowed to increase their daily intake of Marcellus drill cuttings from 600 to 1,000 tons per day (see Scranton Landfill Request for More Shale Cuttings Approved). Then in October 2012 they filed to double capacity again, from 1,000 to 2,000 tons per day (see Scranton Landfill Wants to Double (Again) Shale Cuttings). The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection approved that request as well. In April of this year Keystone filed a request that they be allowed to accept liquid fracking waste–so they can separate and landfill the solids, and return the water to the driller to be reused. That request has just been approved too…

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