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Oil Addiction, Not Fracking, Caused the 2011 Oklahoma Earthquakes

Earthquakes have become more than 10 times more common in normally quiescent parts of the U.S., such as Ohio and Oklahoma, in the past few years. Given the simultaneous uptick in fracking—an oil and gas drilling technique that involves fracturing shale rock deep underground with the use of a high pressure water cocktail—it’s common to [...]

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Fracking’s Biggest Problem May Be What to Do with Wastewater

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Of all the troubles with fracking, the biggest—and growing—challenge seems to be what to do with all those millions of gallons of water contaminated with frack chemicals, leached minerals and salts. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling sideways into subterranean shale and blasting it open with millions of gallons of water to [...]

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Fracking’s Future in the U.S. Comes Down to Upcoming New York State Decisions

New York State is the key battleground that will determine the future of fracking in the U.S., and January 11, 2012, is a turning point. The date ends the public comment period on proposed state regulations that will govern the process: drilling into deep Marcellus shales, fracturing the rock with water and chemicals to release [...]

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Photo Friday: Using waste instead of chopping firewood

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The Meru GK Prison is a government institution in Kenya’s eastern province in Meru County.  Spanning a 15 hectare area, this prison houses more than 1200 inmates and employs approximately 300 staff. This anaerobic digestor produces methane from the facility’s waste streams, which is then used as a source of energy in the prison’s kitchens. Previously, [...]

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Duke study finds radium and elevated salinity in treated oil and gas wastewater; highlights need for revised water quality regulations

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A Duke University study of treated oil and gas wastewater finds that current water quality regulations are inadequate to prevent accumulation of radioactive material in surface waters.

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Oregon Breakthrough in Generating Electricity from Wastewater

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  About 3 percent of the electricity consumed in the United States and other developed nations is used to treat wastewater. But, a technology breakthrough from engineers at Oregon State University could be a key in turning the world’s waste treatment facilities into mini-power plants. A technology developed by OSU engineers could allow wastewater treatment [...]

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