Environmentalists In Pa Want Changes In Shale Drilling Industry

03.18.13 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania environmental officials want drillers to use waste water from coal mining to extract gas from the marcellus shale region. Every day, 300 million gallons of polluted mine water enters Pennsylvania streams and rivers, turning many into dead zones.  At the same time, drilling companies use up to 5 million gallons of fresh water for hydro-fracking purposes. Now, environmentalists want the energy industry to combine the two with the twin goals of diverting pollution from streams and reducing drillers' reliance on fresh sources of water. More than 10 drillers have already received DEP permission to use mine discharges for fracking.