Here is an email from the Responsible Drilling Alliance out of Williamsport, PA. please follow the link at the end of the message for more info.
Use your feet to protect our rivers.
Have your feet take you to the hearing in Williamsport on December 16th to support, with your presence, the proposed new rule for Total Dissolved Solids for gas industry wastewater. Gas drilling waste water is extremely high in TDS. Under current rules they are allowed to discharge this TDS content directly into the river. The new proposed rules would greatly limit new TDS discharges.
Not surprisingly these new proposed rules have come under quite a bit of pressure from a number of industries not just the gas drillers. It is important to note that these new rules will not apply to existing water discharges so they will not put anyone out of business. Only new discharges or large modifications to existing plants will come under them.
This September, more than forty miles Dunkard Creek in western PA was cleared of almost all its fish and other aquatic animal life by the toxins of an invasive algae. Golden Algae, the culprit, needed high levels of TDS’s to thrive. Last summer, even before the fish kill, the Monongahela River exceeded the TDS standard for potable water intake and its bromide content level required a health advisory to be issued.
Strong public support is needed to counteract industry’s efforts to lower the proposed standards. We all need to show up to the hearing and speak or send in written comments. Instructions on how at bottom of this email.
December 16, 2009
Department of Environmental Protection
Northcentral Regional Office
Goddard Conference Room
208 West Third Street,
Williamsport, PA 17701-6448
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