Flowback Wastewater

Once the water is used as fracking fluid, it comes back and is then contaminated, highly toxic and can cause pollution when brought back to the surface. There's no way to treat and dispose of it safely, is this true?

A:

No. For a start, it's not toxic - it has been classified as non-hazardous in accordance with EU and UK law and that has been reviewed and agreed by the Environment Agency. It "can" cause pollution, but so can farm slurry which is moved around our countryside in tankers - but nobody is calling for a farming ban. And it can be treated - there are a number of existing industrial waste facilities that offer a proven method of treating this waste and removing contaminants so it can be safely put back into the water cycle. If you're interested, there's more on fracking wastewater here


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