"Expert Says All Pa. Oil, Gas Waste Needs Treatment"

"PITTSBURGH -- A former top environmental official says Pennsylvania’s successful efforts to keep Marcellus Shale wastewater away from drinking water supplies should be extended to all other oil and gas drillers."

"'It’s the same industry. It is the same contaminants. And the goal should be the same,' said George Jugovic Jr., who was formerly the Department of Environmental Protection’s southwest regional director. He’s now president of PennFuture, an environmental group.

An AP analysis of state data found that in the second half of 2011 about 1.86 million barrels -- or about 78 million gallons -- of drilling wastewater from conventional oil and gas wells were still being sent to treatment plants that discharge into rivers.

The core issue is whether a problem in waterways has been solved, or if more needs to be done."

Kevin Begos reports for the Associated Press April 15, 2012.

Source: AP, 04/16/2012