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Utilization Of Mine Influenced Water For Natural Gas Extraction Activities

Source: Department of Environmental Protection

Selected DEP staff were divided into work groups tasked with preparing draft materials for review and approval by a DEP executive team. The staff collaborated to develop solutions to technical issues arising from use of MIW for natural gas extraction, such as identifying potential sources of MIW and developing storage options to help make MIW a practicable water source for the industry. Staff also addressed legal issues of liability and permitting requirements, and developed several possible frameworks for using MIW sources for natural gas extraction. Because the use of MIW will necessarily involve the expertise of various DEP programs, issues of program integration and coordination between multiple deputates were resolved in order to establish a process for evaluating proposals.