Babst Calland: Proposed Bill to Allow Unlimited Drilling Waste in West Virginia Landfills

Babst Calland: Proposed Bill to Allow Unlimited Drilling Waste in West Virginia Landfills

By W. Brian Nickerson

As reported in the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper, Senate Bill 474, introduced in the West Virginia Senate on Monday, February 3, would amend W. Va. Code § 22-15-8 to allow commercial waste facilities to accept drill cuttings and associated hydraulic fracturing waste above and beyond their monthly tonnage waste limits without a public approval process, provided that the drilling waste is placed in a separate cell dedicated solely to the disposal of such waste. Normally, commercial waste facilities must go through an approval process, including public hearings, to accept solid waste beyond their usual monthly tonnage limits (usually 10,000 or 30,000 tons).  The bill, which was drafted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, must gain approval from the Senate Government Organizations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee before taking affect.  A public hearing was held in regard to the bill on Monday, February 17 at 5 p.m. in Charleston.

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