JAMES CITY, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has sided with a natural gas company, ruling it can inject fracking wastewater back into the ground.
WJAC-TV reports a judge ruled in favor of the Seneca Resources Corp. The natural gas company had fought with residents of Highland Township over proposed wastewater injections in the area.
Residents had previously voted to pass a Home Rule Charter banning the wastewater operation last year. The judge's ruling effectively invalidates the charter. Under the ruling, intervention from the municipal Water Authority and environmental advocacy groups is prohibited as well.
Citizen's Advocating a Clean Healthy Environment president Marsha Buhl says the group tried to protect residents in the area who are worried about private wells.
Seneca Resources claims the waste is like seawater, only with higher concentrations of salt.