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WASTEWATER TANKER TRUCKS

  
If you know NOTHING ELSE about Marcellus Shale gas wells here is a 5-step short course on Marcellus gas wells and drilling wastewater:


1. Marcellus wells are very thirsty for water -- an average of 4 million gallons of water or fluids is needed per well, each time that well is 'fracked.'

2. Twenty to forty percent of that fluid comes back out of the abyss, with Mother Nature's contaminants added to the tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals that went downhole (an estimated 60 to 160 tons of chemicals are used for each well being fracked). These fluids need to be disposed of properly without endangering public health or the environment. Is that happening? Not always.

3. This "flowback" and "produced water" contains frac fluids and natural contaminants often including NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) or TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials). This salty, high-TDS (total dissolved solids) brine is transported in trucks and temporary pipelines, with some pipelines extending for miles. These pipelines have been known to leak, resulting in fish kills.


line of wastewater tankers
Wastewater tankers often travel in pairs
and sometimes travel in packs

4. This hazardous waste needs to be disposed of properly without dumping it into sewer plants along rivers as was done extensively in the early years when this waste was disposed of at POTWs (Public Owned Treatment Works). But where for disposal? Deep injection wells have posed their own set of problems with earthquakes and other issues. Disposal of solid drilling wastes in landfills has created another set of concerns due to long lasting radioactive contaminates.

5. Trucks hauling this wastewater are marked only with 'RESIDUAL WASTE' placards instead of NFPA diamonds (National Fire Protection Association) used commonly to identify hazardous loads.

  
Below are photos of brine tankers and freshwater tanker trucks involved with hauling fluids and water to frack jobs on Marcellus Shale, as well as hauling the produced water (flowback) from separation tanks (condensate tanks) to huge wastewater pits, POTW's (Public Owned Treatment Works aka sewer plants) and processing facilities.
 
These tanker trucks also drain the green condensate tanks you see at gas wells sites. While the green tanks are marked with hazardous placards, these trucks traditionally have no similar placards, being unmarked other than the standard "RESIDUAL WASTE" lettering.
 
This trucking aspect of horizontal gas drilling greatly increases the strain on water resources, drinking water purity, road wear and air quality issues from added diesel fumes.
  
  
No hazmat placards appear on any of these trucks like the placards you see on the tanks they haul fluids from
 
  Hazmat markings on green condensate tanks (above)
Battery of green condensate tanks (below)
 
 
 
Smith Transport wastewater tanker truck
 
  
Castelli Oil & Gas tanker truck

 
RESIDUAL WASTE
 

Advanced Oilfield Services truck for Residual Waste
 
  
 
  
  
  
  
  

  
RESIDUAL WASTE TANKER TRUCKS
 

  
  

The gas industry estimates the amount of high-TDS wastewater needing disposal in Pennsylvania will increase from 9 million gallons per day in 2009 to 20 million gallons per day by 2011.

As Pennsylvania Implements New Wastewater Rules, Some State Waterways Still Face Problems

  
  
  
  
 
  
  
    
 

Infinity on Jefferson Avenue in Washington, Pa.
FRESH WATER ONLY

 
  
WISE Residual Waste tanker
RESIDUAL WASTE
 
  
Equipment Transport tanker truck
Two tanker trucks on Jefferson Avenue in Washington Pa.
 


BRINE

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Drawing free water out of Chartiers Creek at the Washington County Fire Fighters Academy
  
  

Interstate 79 oil and gas well tanker traffic near Southpointe
  
  

The April 21, 2009 sampling report below, using data from the West Virginia DEP, shows the make-up of wastewater going into Liquid Assets Disposal (LAD) in Wheeling, WV for some eventual discharge into the Ohio River.

Wastewater analysis


 
 
 

Pumping or dumping at Range Resources' Best Impoundment in Buffalo, Pa
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Travelling the back roads of Washington County, Pennsylvania
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

BUSTED!

State police Maj. Harvey Cole Jr. said that in response to significant increases in truck traffic, the department had conducted 5,800 roadside inspections of industry trucks since January 2010 and found 13,000 driver and vehicle safety violations, including 2,800 serious enough to put the driver or truck out of service. In all, 42% of the inspections resulted in pulling drivers or vehicles out of service, he said. The national average for all truck inspections is 24%.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 22, 2011

 
  
  

Headed into a Range Resources Appalachia well site
  
  
  
  

ADVANCED WASTE FACILITY NEAR NEW CASTLE, PA
  
  

A fleet of tanker trucks backed up to Chartiers Creek across from the MarkWest Houston Pennsylvania gas plant drawing free water out of the creek for fracking.
  
 
  

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