Summer 2012 Update
Information now indicates that the Clairton Municipal
Authority no longer accepts and disposes of Marcellus wastewater.
Below is a look back at those earlier days.
Municipal authorities like the extra income
created by accepting Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater.
One 4,000 gallon tanker truck often pays 6½-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.