The Coast Guard announced this week that it is pulling its proposal to allow companies to ship fracking wastewater by barge on the Ohio River. The plan was particularly contentious in southeastern Ohio and prompted more than 70,000 public comments.
But the withdrawal does not mean that waste generated in the process of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells won't be allowed on the river. Instead, the Coast Guard said it will review each application, and do so without much — if any — public input.
The Coast Guard probably will not make completed applications available to the public, nor will it notify the public if it approves applications, said Cynthia Znati, the Coast Guard's lead engineer.