Treating wastewater from Marcellus drilling could top $3 Billion

A consultant has estimated that treating the “produced water” from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale could reach $3 billion – with a “b”. While many folks are concerned about the chemicals that are being injected along with the “fracking” water, there is reason to be concerned about the water that comes back out, called produced water, and how it will be treated. With an estimated 3,300 wells in production in 10 years, a lot of the 2 to 9 million gallons of water injected into each well will need treatment by Pennsylvania’s already overworked and undercapacity wastewater treatment facilities.