Environmental Advocates of New York
[From a New York Times article] …Environmental Advocates of New York, a group based in Albany, plans to release a report on Friday asserting that the state does not adequately track where the waste from more than 6,800 conventional wells now operating goes. In a review of nearly 100 drilling permits, the group found that New York requests minimal information on waste disposal.
Asked about disposal plans, companies in many cases replied in vague terms, like “hauled to an approved disposal facility,” Environmental Advocates said.
“Following the waste stream from a well to ultimate disposal is nearly impossible,” the group said.
State officials counter that their proposed drilling rules will impose a stringent waste tracking system.
Stuart Gruskin, a former deputy commissioner of the Environmental Conservation Department, who worked on the first draft of the rules and now does consulting work, said he had no doubt that fracking waste could in principle be disposed of safely. But finding adequate treatment capacity will be a challenge, he said.
“This is going to be a limiting factor in New York,” he said.