Sewage Plants Targeted Over Lack of Marcellus Permits

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10 March 2011
By Don Hopey

Two municipal sewage treatment facilities that together discharge 150,000 gallons a day of Marcellus Shale wastewater into the Monongahela River don't have permits that allow such pollution discharges and should, according to a legal action by environmental organizations.

Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper today filed a federal notice of intent to sue sewage treatment operations in McKeesport and Franklin Township, Greene County, in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, claiming the facilities are in violation of federal Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

The Franklin Township Sewer Authority in Greene County discharges an average of 50,000 gallons a day of Marcellus drilling wastewater into the South Fork of Ten Mile Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River. That's equal to 5 percent of the authority's daily discharge, and allowed under a negotiated consent agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection.