MP wants answers on fracking wastewater released in canal
Labour MP Kate Green has demanded answers on how wastewater from fracking was dumped into the Manchester Ship Canal. A BBC Inside Out programme, shown on January 27, reported that that "radioactive wastewater" from Cuadrilla's fracking operations was handled at United Utilities' treatment works in Davyhulme and, after treatment, released into the Manchester Ship Canal.
A Freedom of Information request has found that, before October 2011, wastewater from fracking was treated at Davyhulme. This was before the Environment Agency (EA) told Cuadrilla that, because of changes to rules on the levels of radioactivity in the wastewater that would be permitted, they required a permit to continue to take the excess water produced from fracking to a waste water treatment works.
Last autumn United Utilities told Green, MP for Stretfor and Urmston, that none of their treatment sites were named in any permit applications to the EA to transport and treat fracking flowback wastewater.
Green has now written to United Utilities asking how much radioactive wastewater from fracking was treated at Davyhulme before the regulations changed, and how much waste was released into the Manchester Ship Canal or elsewhere.
She said, “I am extremely concerned that radioactive wastewater has been released into our local waterways. Local residents are rightly worried, which is why I have written to the chief executive of United Utilities to ask for a full explanation of their involvement with wastewater from fracking.
“Full and open disclosure from Cuadrilla and United Utilities is essential so that we can get to the bottom of why this has happened. The technology around fracking remains unproved, and it shouldn’t be going ahead when serious question marks exist around its safety and environmental impact.”
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