For most of 2012 the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) researched how it might encourage, evaluate and control the use of acid mine drainage water for use in fracking natural gas wells. Such a practice would fix two problems at the same time—clean up acid mine drainage, and provide an abundant source for water to use in fracking. The DEP announced yesterday they have finalized their procedures and have published them in a white paper (see the white paper embedded below).
More than 300 million gallons of water is discharged from mines in PA waterways every day—a really big problem. This initiative is a win/win for the state.