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Barge Waste Transportation Proposal Open for Public Comment

The United States Coast Guard is accepting public comments on a proposal that would allow wastewater from hydraulic fracturing to be transported on barges using the Ohio River.  According to the Coast Guard there is commercial interest in transporting shale gas extraction wastewater from northern Appalachia to storage and reprocessing centers in Ohio, Texas and Louisiana via inland waterways, rather than by truck or rail service.