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Proposal would allow shale gas waste on barges

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater.

The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation. The wastewater is currently stored at drilling sites or transported by truck or rail to treatment plants or underground deep injection wells.

In recent years significant amounts of Marcellus Shale waste from Pennsylvania has been taken to Ohio. Bu the Coast Guard says barge companies are interested in taking wastewater to final disposal sites in Texas and Louisiana, too.

The group Penn Environment says the comment period should be longer than 30 days and that the proposal is flawed because it doesn't mention environmental safeguards.

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