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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Bill Clinton to campaign in Pittsburgh for Pa. gubernatorial candidate
  2. House 58th District seat candidates focus on education, taxes
  3. Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Riverview volleyball outs Chartiers-Houston
  4. Nearing season’s midpoint, Steelers still have issues to sort out
  5. State law complicates Allegheny County proposal for letter grading of restaurants
  6. Injured Pitt center Rowell plays well-rounded role on campus
  7. Testing legs, giving backup goalie a chance are Penguins’ priorities
  8. Ross brothers ordered to pay fine, remove debris from Christmas display
  9. 12 selected for jury in Ferrante cyanide-poisoning trial
  10. Penn Hills man arrested for pair of KFC robberies
  11. So Many Questions: ‘Kingdom’ actress Joanna Going sees addiction’s consequences
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.