Rural NY Communities Use Fracking Waste To De-Ice Roads

December 9, 2013


Several rural communities and counties in New York have received permission from state regulators—despite a state fracking moratorium and a warningfrom the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—to spread fracking waste brine on roads as a de-icer. Environmental group Riverkeeper, which focuses on the health of the Hudson River, warns that the liquid can move into watersheds, a concern that led nine other counties in the state to ban the practice. And remember, this is mystery juice. The natural gas industry, the frackheads who inject the fluid into subterranean shale formations to force out natural gas, has kept the chemical makeup of the fluid a closely held industrial secret. So no one outside the industry really knows what those local snow-and-ice crews are spraying on the roadways.

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