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Fracking study on water contamination under ethics review

Drinking-water wells in Pennsylvania close to natural gas sites do not face a greater risk of methane contamination than those farther away, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T). But the study is now being called into question because of its methodology and some undisclosed ties to energy giant Chesapeake Energy. The findings contradict recent ...

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PennEast natural gas pipeline may run past Bethlehem’s water supply

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The idyllic Carbon County acreage where Bethlehem gets its drinking water — called one of the last great places on Earth by one conservancy group — might get a natural gas pipeline. On a 114-mile route from the Wilkes-Barre area to a distribution terminal outside Trenton, N.J., the proposed PennEast pipeline would pass close to a pair of spring-fed reservoirs ...

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Hazardous contaminants found in conventional & unconventional wastewater

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Scientists at Duke University have recently discovered high levels of ammonium and iodide in wastewater being discharged or spilled into freshwater streams and rivers from oil and gas worksites located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ammonium and iodide can be potentially hazardous to the environment and human health.  The levels of contamination were equal to wastewater from conventional oil wells ...

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New fracking technology in the works

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One question that has been asked and wondered about is whether or not the chemicals used in hydraulic fracking manage to contaminate drinking water supplies.  But testing drinking water for contaminants and being able to link it back to gas drilling has been rather challenging.  Two students from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton school may have solved this vary problem for ...

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Judge: No proof gas well contaminated well water

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal judge has ruled against nine southern New York homeowners who claimed their drinking water was contaminated by a nearby natural gas well drilled by Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp. U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa in Rochester decided the homeowners had failed to prove the silt and methane that befouled their wells was caused by the gas ...

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Drinking toilet water isn’t that weird, right?

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While water supplies are scarce and aren’t cheap to find in West Texas, many have switched to the toilet-to-faucet technique. The Big Spring Raw Water Production Facility stepped outside the box and has found a way to bring drinking water to five cities, which include Odessa, Midland, Big Spring, Stanton, and Snyder. The toilet-to-tap concept was first thought of in 2002 ...

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Fracking chemicals sidestep water law

Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues. The permits regulate the length and depth of concrete and steel well casings that keep those chemicals from reaching groundwater. But a loophole ...

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Operator drills into existing well, possibly pollutes drinking water

The drinking water of at least 12 homes may possibly be contaminated after an oil and gas operator accidentally drilled into the casing of another well that was in production, according to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The event happened in Doddridge County at a five-well drilling site operated by Antero Resources. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued ...

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EDITORIAL: Fracking may be safe, but well casings aren’t

The Fayetteville Observer Defenders of gas exploration done with hydraulic fracturing say there’s never been been a case of drinking-water contamination linked to the process. After extensive research, some Duke University scientists concur — sort of. The researchers looked at 133 drinking-water wells in Pennsylvania and Texas and concluded that fracking — the fracturing of shale thousands of feet below ...

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Duke scientists: Fracking didn’t contaminate drinking water in Texas, Penn.

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John Murawski | The News & Observer A group of Duke University scientists often accused of anti-fracking bias have published their most definitive research to date linking shale gas exploration with methane gas contamination of drinking water. But their paper, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists, exonerates fracking from the most serious environmental risks. The ...

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