Percolation

In the early days of fracking (before 2011, many gas producers in Pennsylvania sent their flowback and produced water to municipal sewage treatment plants. Eyebrows were raised...
In the early days of fracking (before 2011), many gas producers in Pennsylvania sent their flowback and produced water to municipal sewage treatment plants. Eyebrows were raised in the water industry because they knew it would be bad for the treatment process, the treatment equipment and the receiving streams. The practice has since been banned.
In another state, far away from Pennsylvania (in more ways than distance), a more insidious practice continues that has been going on for more than twenty years. In that state, producers pump more than 4 million gallons a day into unlined pits, about half of which are permitted. The state says in their quarterly produced water tracking report, that the pits are meant “to percolate into the ground and/or evaporate into the atmosphere.” The state? California. It’s happening today in Kern County. There are over 1,100 active pits and many inactive pits needing remediation.




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