Guest Column: What to Know About the Recent Mariner East Incidents and Horizontal Drilling

Bill Godsey | The Delaware Country Daily Times

Following reports of an inadvertent release of bentonite clay during the drilling of the Mariner East pipeline, residents, lawmakers, and government regulators could use some perspective on the issue.

Release of non-toxic bentonite is nothing alarming, or even unusual, in infrastructure construction – in this case pipelines. One reason bentonite is used is because it is safe and non-toxic so that when there are discharges, there is no long-term impact to the environment.

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