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Is there a "right to know" when it comes to wastewater?

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Eric Belcastro


I am very interested, as I am sure many are, in whether or not there is a "right to now" legally what water facilities are accepting produced water and specifically which companies they are accepting it from (e.g. Atlas, Range, etc.) and in what amounts. I believe the DEP makes facilities keep a record of this, but I am not sure. And if records exist, I am not sure if they can be accessed. Does anybody have any information on this?

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Eric Belcastro wrote:I am very interested, as I am sure many are, in whether or not there is a "right to now" legally what water facilities are accepting produced water and specifically which companies they are accepting it from (e.g. Atlas, Range, etc.) and in what amounts. I believe the DEP makes facilities keep a record of this, but I am not sure. And if records exist, I am not sure if they can be accessed. Does anybody have any information on this?

Here is a link to a snapshot that a participant on our site made:

http://data.fractracker.org/cbi/snapshot/page?concept=~0198ae0e02b85a11dfadd3dcc504441ad5

It shows the waste water facilities that are accepting the brine. If you click on the link to the actual dataset, it gives you more information, but I'm not sure that it tells you which company produces how much.

You can also check out

http://data.fractracker.org/cbi/dataset/datasetPreviewPage?uuid=~01ead65d28c59e11df8752ab8bd932bb4c

That dataset does include production of waste water along with gas production, etc. But the dataset is a bit jumbled together, and lacks units of measure. Still, it is something.

http://fractracker.board-directory.net

3 Right to Know on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:47 pm

cdv5


Eric--this is a good question --and I dont think so---but think that a legal expert needs to weigh in on this--I do know that most treatment facilities require an analysis of the water that they accept--a publically operated facility has to open its records but not necessarily a private one--Im not helping but this is what we have fund is possible--I think Emily Collins at the Environmental Law Clicic at Pitt should be asked this question--Dan

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