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Coast Guard Issues Barge Hauling Proposal

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The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a proposal that will allow barges to carry hydraulic fracturing wastewater in bulk.

With the shale gas boom across the Ohio Valley, the hauling is something that could  be seen along the Ohio River.

Officials say the proposal gives energy companies an additional option in transporting wastewater from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to disposal locations in other states.

The proposal is subject to a 30-day public comment period but so far it has not gone into effect.