A number of environmental groups have filed suit against the USEPA, alleging that the agency failed to update its rules for the disposal of oil and gas drilling waste, and calling on it to issue more stringent regulations, reports the Columbus Dispatch:
“Updated rules for oil and gas wastes are almost 30 years overdue, and we need them now more than ever,” said Adam Kron, senior attorney at the Environmental Integrity Project, in a news release.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asks the court to force the EPA to update oil and gas wastewater disposal rules. Those rules, the groups say, should include a ban on spreading fracking wastewater onto roads.
The groups also want the EPA to require landfills or ponds that take waste from oil and gas drilling to be built with liners and structural safeguards.