No Fracking Way

Where Fracksylvania Dumps Its Waste

by Chip Northrup on November 21, 2012

Turns out to be in New York state, in addition to Ohio, where Fracksylvania’s toxic radioactive frack sludge is too hot to handle – so the Ohio landfills can’t take it.  Because shale is radioactive, drilling horizontally through it and bringing the drill cuttings and contaminated drilling fluids (“mud”) back to the surface is basically mining radioactive material. Then fracking it with a few million gallons of toxic fluid is “solution mining” the radioactive and toxic materials out of the shale – in the form of flowback – which is either recycled, which concentrates the toxic radioactive materials, or processing it into a toxic radioactive sludge.  Then there is the backflow of frack sand – fine silica, which of course what causes sillicosis. All of which the fracking gasholes have to get rid of somewhere . . . like a landfill. Or a dirt road. Or a trout stream.

Such profligate  wastage of water is being facilitated in New York state by some of your friendly neighborhood environmental NGO’s, who helped the state pass a bill to provide water for frackers – for free. With NGO’s like that, who needs gas industry lobbyists ?

But look on the bright side – the toxic salty brine will keep your roads ice free in the winter, kill roadside weeds, and the radium 226 will build up in the ditches, creating a “glow zone” on either side of the road, which will make driving at night safer without your headlights. Just don’t go near the ditches or drink local well water. Or live near a road with frack brine on it or a landfill that takes frackwaste and you should be OK. For awhile.

If you live near a landfill, this fracking waste could be coming your way – in truck convoys and by the trainload – unless you prohibit such land uses in your town via a comprehensive land plan – and prohibit your town from taking frackwaste at its muni treatment plant. Cuomo won’t protect you. The DEC won’t protect you. Nor will Obama. You protect you. Many town board seats are up for grabs next year.  Take one. 

This from Karen Edelstein:

PA Department of Environmental Protection provides well production and waste data. I’ve pulled out the sites in PA that ship their waste to NYS from January 2011 to June 2012. Click on the dots for pop-up windows with more information. Also, know that the second button from the left will expand the table of contents so you can toggle on and off the 2011 and 2012 data.

In summary:

In 2011, 5 NYS landfills (Angelica, Lowman, Niagara Falls, Painted Post, and Waterloo) received a total of:

  • 213,724.44 tons of drill cuttings
  • 8590 Bbls of drilling fluid
  • 1320 BBls of flow-back fluid
  • 443.47 tons of flow-back fracturing sand
  • 445 BBls of produced fluid 

From January to June, 2012, 3 NYS landfills (at Lowman, Niagara Falls, and Painted Post) received a total of:

  • 54,958.36 tons of drill cuttings
  • 8199.48 Bbl of drilling fluids
  • 55.7 tons of flow-back fracturing sand

Caveat – the Pa. DEP (Department of Environmental Prevarication) doesn’t really know where all this fracking waste goes out of state – they don’t even know whether the frackers are telling the truth or not and say so via a disclaimer on their website:

Pa. DEP adds disclaimer to gas drilling data site

Nov. 13, 2012, 6:04 p.m. EST AP
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has added a disclaimer to its Marcellus Shale natural gas reporting Web page. The agency now tells visitors to the website that it can’t guarantee the “accuracy, completeness or timeliness” of production data that companies submit and that “no warranty of any kind is given by DEP with respect to the production data.”

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Dory Hippauf November 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

Actually, NY and OH may not be getting ALL of PA’s “special formulated” road treatment liquids. PA is going to be sludging roadways with the toxic brine this winter. Not that it would make much of a difference, but I wouldn’t be following any PenDot trucks when roads are bad.


Dory Hippauf November 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

Note to ALL Pennsylvanians – If you won’t go to the Frackwater, the Frackwater will come to you. The so-called “brine” is 5-6 times more saltier than seawater, in addition to being toxic. Either keep your vehicle off the roads during “brine” treatment times or wash it often or by the spring you’ll be driving a rust bucket


pramilla November 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

we have a wastewater treatment plant in orange county, near middletown NY. does anyone know if waste water from PA fracking wells comes here


Chip Northrup November 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

the Pa. DEP (Department of Environmental Prevarication) is not vey accurate on its tracking out of state – and says so on their website. So might ask the plant manager.


Jane Davison November 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I live in Ontario County and the county seat is on one of the Finger Lakes. We, the people have talked about how the landfill there takes in trash from all over the place. We don’t think it is a good idea and all of the landfills have to stop taking this stuff. People need to figure out a way to tell the Pennsylvania truck drivers that they have to keep it in their own landfills and not put all this stuff in ours. We have a joke around the area called Trashmore which really isn’t nice, but it is a way to let people know we don’t like it. The lakes in which I love, Seneca is mine the county seat is in Canandiguia and that is also one of the lakes are both treasures as are the other nine. We really need to tell these people and the Casella people that we don’t want this because our food will be poisened by it. Jane Davison Geneva, N.Y. Ontario County


Don Dixon November 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

You would have thought that Niagra Falls would have learned it’s lesson from Love Canal. Once again, history repeats itself.


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