'The Seneca Nation has come out against a proposal that would see 42,000 gallons of fracking wastewater dumped in a river in Pennsylvania, in the latest fight between the energy industry and indigenous Americans.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is reviewing the proposal for a fracking wastewater treatment plant by the Allegheny River, upstream from the Seneca Nation territory.
Epiphany Water Solutions and the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) have proposed a fracking wastewater treatment facility to be located next to CAMA wastewater plant in Eulalia Township. The facility would transport, treat and then release the treated wastewater into the river every day. Epiphany will process fracking wastewater from JKLM Energy. The company says the project is safe and risk-free, but locals are not so sure.
“Fracking” or hydraulic fracturing uses high-pressure liquid to break into rocks to extract oil or gas, and each well requires two million gallons of water. In 2015, Pennsylvania’s unconventional gas wells produced nearly 1.7 billion gallons of wastewater.
Fracking wastewater contains uranium and other chemicals, which fracking companies are not required to disclose. Fracking is banned in states like New York, Maryland and Vermont. A July study by Pennsylvania State University found treated hydraulic fracking wastewater could pollute water sources for years.
The largest concern is that the treated wastewater will pollute the Allegheny River. The plant is one mile from an elementary school, and 65 miles from the Seneca Nation Allegheny Territory.'
Read more: ‘Reckless assault on Mother Earth’: Seneca Nation fights fracking treatment plant
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