Senate Approves Measure Promoting Beneficial Use of Treated Mine Water

HARRISBURG – The Senate passed legislation today that would help reduce the use of fresh water in oil and gas drilling operations by promoting the use of treated mine water, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Senate Bill 875 clarifies legal liabilities associated with the use of treated mine water in oil and gas operations.

Bartolotta, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said the expanded use of treated mine water will further reduce the withdrawal of fresh water from Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams by oil and gas companies. She also emphasized that her legislation would not weaken any existing environmental safeguards designed to protect public health.

“The beneficial use of treated mine water holds the potential to reduce the use of millions of gallons of fresh water in oil and gas operations. Clarifying liability issues will remove the biggest barrier to the use of this resource,” Bartolotta said. “One of my priorities is supporting the development of our natural resources and industry in a way that is safe and responsible. This approach to preserving fresh water supplies is exactly the kind of innovation that we should promote.”

Senate Bill 875 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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