Will EPA Allow Treated Frack Wastewater Disposal in Lakes, Rivers?

In May the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a draft report titled “Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management Under the Clean Water Act” (see EPA Draft Study re Disposing Frack Wastewater in Lakes, Rivers). The study examines the possibility of treating oil and gas wastewater and releasing the cleaned-up wastewater into lakes and rivers, instead of injecting it back down holes in the ground. EPA accepted public comments on the draft report until last Monday. The oil and gas industry provided comments last week supporting the plan to recycle and dispose of wastewater on the surface.

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