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Our look at the
CLAIRTON MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY

Summer 2012 Update

Our latest information indicates that the Clairton Municipal Authority no longer accepts and disposes of Marcellus wastewater. Below is a look back at those former days.

Municipal authorities like the extra income created by accepting Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater.  One 4,000 gallon tanker truck often pays 6-cents per gallon, or $260 per load, adding greatly to a facility's bottom line.
 
However, due to problems with high-TDS (total dissolved solids) in Pennsylvania waterways, the number of waste treatment plants permitted to accept gas drilling wastewater has decreased since the early days of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.
 
Toward the end of 2008, new limits were imposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that only allow sewage treatment plants to accept 1% of their daily flow as gas drilling brine. Further restrictions were put into place by the PA DEP in late summer 2010, further affecting the TDS levels that could be discharged into Pennsylvania waterways.
 
In 2010, the Clairton Municipal Authority was accepting an average of 39,500 gallons (about ten 4,000 gallon loads) of gas drilling wastewater per day under a contract with Greene Disposal LLC of Mt Morris, Pa.
 
Below are photos of the municipal sewage treatment plant located in Clairton, Pennsylvania, and discharging into the Monongahela River.
   

Clairton Municipal Authority, 1 North State Street, Clairton, Pa - Established 1956


Clairton Municipal Authority
1 North State Street
Clairton, PA  15025
Telephone: 412-233-3246


4,000 gallon Residual Waste tankers lined-up waiting to dump their loads
4,000 gallon Residual Waste tri-axle tankers
lined-up in the driveway waiting to dump
  
  
Clairton Municipal Authority Water Pollution Control Plant
Clairton Municipal Authority
Water Pollution Control Plant
  
  
Tanker truck backing in to dispose of residual waste
Tanker truck backing into the
facility to discharge its load
  
  
The Clairton Municipal Authority is near the Mon River
Clairton Municipal Authority
  
  
4,000 gallon tanker truck
Residual Waste tanker
waiting in line
  
  
Clairton Municipal Authority in Clairton
Clairton Municipal Authority
Clairton, Pennsylania
  
  
Outflow into Peters Creek which flows into the Monongahela River above Pittsburgh Pa.
Municipal Authority outflow
into Peters Creek
  
  
Discharge from the Clairton Municipal Authority in Clairton Pa.
Treated water flows down Peters Creek a short
distance and then into the Monongahela River
  
  

 

 
  

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