1, 2012 - Clean
Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper filed in
federal district court today a settlement of their case
against the Municipal Authority of the City of
McKeesport. The two groups had filed a lawsuit in July
2011 under the Clean Water Act seeking an end to
McKeesport’s acceptance and discharge of wastewater from
Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations.
the settlement, McKeesport has agreed to stop accepting
any deliveries of Marcellus Shale wastewater at their
plant. Additionally, if McKeesport decides in the future
that they want to accept oil and gas wastewater, they
will have to apply for a permit under the federal Clean
Water Act through the state Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP), subject to EPA approval. Any proposed
permit would also undergo public review and comment. The
settlement covers both shale gas wastewater and coal bed
methane wastewater discharges.
25, 2012 - Two
environmental groups and McKeesport's municipal
authority have settled a federal lawsuit that claimed
the city was violating state and federal environmental
laws by treating wastewater from Marcellus shale
drilling operations, according to court documents.
According to the Pennsylvania DEP
Wastewater Report for the first half of 2011, McKeesport
Municipal Authority continued to receive and dispose of
Marcellus Shale wastewater. The DEP report details
946,050 gallons (22,525 Bbl – barrels) of Marcellus
drilling brine that was dumped there from CNX Gas Co LLC
operations in Center Township and Morris Township in
Greene County, Pa.