Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water
POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:14am
Environmentalists say 'no', industry groups say barge transport has advantages
PITTSBURGH, PA — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation’s rivers on their way toward disposal.
Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages. Now, the wastewater is usually disposed of by truck or rail, which poses more risk for accidents than shipping by barge, according to a government report.