Frack Water Liability Laundering Act
Here in Fayette County our state senator is Richard
. Senator Kasunic has introduced a very troubling bill, SB411
The bill is well intentioned. It is designed to help clean up our mine
waste water problem, which we all in Fayette County know is a serious
issue. Senator Kasunic’s bill would create an incentive for the oil and
gas industry to
use mine waste water in hydraulic fracturing operations by removing the
threat of liability. You can read what Senator Kasunic has to say about
the bill here
This bill is moving through the Senate very fast.
Unfortunately, the liability protection in this bill is so strong that
it stays with the frack water permanently
risk is obvious. Any frack water dumped illegally into a mine could be
recycled through hydraulic fracturing, and the frackers would be
protected by the bill
as currently drafted
from liability for anything that goes wrong
with using that water. This liability protection is too strong. It runs
the risk of turning every abandoned mine drainage problem in
Pennsylvania into a frack water liability laundering site. The bill
should be called the Frack Water Liability Laundering Act.
For an informed analysis of the problems of this bill, please read this.
This bill needs to be opposed.
Thanks to an enormous public outcry, SB411 has been tabled. That means
it has been slowed down but not stopped. I am hearing word that other
senators want to offer amendments. Please stay tuned on this issue. We
are likely to need a lot more public pressure to kill this bill. Before
being tabled, it had passed First Consideration and was on the Calendar
for Second Consideration. Third Consideration has been known to happen
the day after Second Consideration, so the outcry on this bill came
just in time.
For a news article on the tabling of this bill, please see:
Environmentalists Throw Cold Water on Efforts to Amend Good Samaritan Act