Spirited Defense of Proposed Potter County Shale Wastewater Plant

In January MDN told you that a new shale wastewater treatment facility that works in tandem with a local sewage treatment plant may be on the way in Coudersport (Potter County), PA (see Shale Wastewater Treatment Plant Planned for Potter County, PA). Epiphany Water Solutions, via a subsidiary company called Epiphany Allegheny, plans to build a centralized water treatment facility in Coudersport. That brought out the antis who made all sorts of wild accusations, including the Seneca Indians which live 65 miles down the Allegheny River from the proposed site (see Seneca Indians Fighting Proposed Potter County Wastewater Facility). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an update on the controversy. It is an extensive article written by anti-fossil fuel “reporter” Don Hopey. The way it’s spun: shale wastewater has high levels of radioactivity (a false assertion, but it’s made nonetheless), and over time even treated wastewater with radioactivity will “degrade” the Allegheny River–a river that provides drinking water for “millions of people downstream, including Pittsburgh.” That’s the anti argument against this project, in a nutshell. Scare millions of people that their drinking water supply will be threatened by this nasty, filthy, vile recycling plant. However, the article uncharacteristically presents the Epiphany side of the argument, the counterargument to these false claims…

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