Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Hauler illegally dumped fracking waste, state says

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio company that hauls fracking waste from Utica shale wells ceased operations yesterday after state officials accused it of illegal dumping.

Employees for Harch Environmental Resources dumped fracking waste and oil-based mud down a hill to a private pond in Belmont County on May 16, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Harch, which has offices in St. Clairsville and Shadyside, Ohio, voluntarily stopped hauling the waste fluids while it awaits a hearing with agency regulators. The company wants to keep its permit to haul fracking waste. Harch officials did not return a call for comment yesterday.”

— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch

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