Big bucks can be made by getting gas out of the Marcellus and other shales. So, why should the drillers be exempt from stormwater regulations, as is currently the case?

Here’s a report on efforts to remove this exemption, and efforts by Congressman Arcuri in this regard, pointing out how

A farmer has to get a storm water permit when he’s putting up a new barn, Arcuri said. So does a homebuilder developing a new subdivision. But oil and gas drillers get a free ride when constructing their well pads. …

Now, the emphasis here is on sediment control, but hydrofracking chemicals and blowback (what comes out after the fracking) fluids need to be considered as part of stormwater runoff controls, as well.


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