TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Marcellus shale sludge rejected in Washington Co. sent to W.Va.

Daily Photo Galleries

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 5:51 p.m.
 

Range Resources on Tuesday disposed of Marcellus shale drilling sludge in West Virginia that was deemed too radioactive for a Washington County landfill.

The Cecil-based company sent two roll-off boxes of material from a well pad in Smith Township in Washington County to Meadowfill Landfill in Bridgeport, W.Va., spokesman Matt Pitzarella said. On March 1, representatives from Arden Landfill in Chartiers turned the material away after it tripped radioactivity monitors.

“It's incredibly rare that you get hits for any radiation that all landfills cannot accept,” Pitzarella said, noting that hospital materials and municipal waste also contain radiation. “This same scenario exists in every single industry.”

Range Resources returned the material to the work site to be tested before finding a place to dispose of it. No residents or workers were at risk, said John Poister, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP planned to send an oil and gas inspector to the pad this week for further inspection, Poister said.

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or jcato@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Linemen commit to PSU, boosting Franklin’s recruiting class
  2. Exit poll: Greece’s anti-bailout Syriza party wins election
  3. Northeast braces for ‘potentially historic’ snowstorm
  4. Winter weather advisory for Western Pa. in effect until Monday afternoon
  5. Crosby, Malkin dazzle fellow All-Stars
  6. Starkey: Rinaldo doesn’t belong in NHL
  7. Long-term solution for wastewater disposal eludes shale gas industry
  8. Review: ‘Rodelinda’ a big success for Pittsburgh Opera
  9. Lure of tuition aid, gifts draw college students to ‘sugar daddy’ sites
  10. Pittsburgh police seek North Side carjacking suspect
  11. Increasing pressure on QBs will be offseason focus for Steelers