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'Fracking' Wastewater That Is Treated for Drinking Downstream Produces Potentially Harmful Compounds

Sep. 24, 2014 Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy. A ... full story
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A Unique Approach to Monitoring Groundwater Supplies Near Ohio Fracking Sites

Oct. 15, 2014 As fracking expands in Ohio, University of Cincinnati researchers are expanding their testing of private water wells. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves using millions of gallons of water ... full story
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Major Class of Fracking Chemicals No More Toxic Than Common Household Substances, Analysis Finds

Nov. 12, 2014 The 'surfactant' chemicals found in samples of fracking fluid collected in five states were no more toxic than substances commonly found in homes, according to a first-of-its-kind ... full story
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A New Look at What's in 'Fracking' Fluids Raises Red Flags: Some Compounds Toxic to Mammals

Aug. 13, 2014 As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids used raises concerns over several ingredients. The scientists say out of ... full story
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How to Avoid Water Wars Between 'Fracking' Industry and Residents

Apr. 23, 2014 The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over ... full story
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Acid Mine Drainage Reduces Radioactivity in Fracking Waste

Jan. 9, 2014 Blending fracking wastewater with acid mine drainage causes most of the naturally radioactive metals in the fracking water to precipitate into a solid for disposal. The practice also could help ... full story
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Hormone-Disrupting Activity of Fracking Chemicals Worse Than Initially Found

June 23, 2014 Many chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can disrupt not only the human body’s reproductive hormones but also the glucocorticoid and thyroid hormone receptors, which are necessary ... full story
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Fracking and Pollution: Technology-Dependent Emissions of Gas Extraction in the US

Dec. 8, 2014 Not all boreholes are the same. Scientists used mobile measurement equipment to analyze gaseous compounds emitted by the extraction of oil and natural gas in the US. For the first time, organic ... full story
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Scottish People Most Sceptical on Fracking, Survey Shows

Sep. 16, 2014 If Scotland votes for independence later this week, its Government could face an uphill challenge in persuading the Scottish people that fracking is necessary, research has ... full story
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Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Extraction May Harm Reproduction, Development

Dec. 5, 2014 Unconventional oil and gas operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from rock. Discussions have centered on potential air and water pollution from ... full story
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New Solutions Needed to Recycle Fracking Water, Experts Say

Aug. 28, 2014 Scientists have produced a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse ... full story
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Environmental Costs, Health Risks, and Benefits of Fracking Examined

Sep. 12, 2014 Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis ... full story
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Nanoparticle Research Could Enhance Oil Recovery, Tracing of Fracking Fluid

Aug. 21, 2014 Researchers are examining how nanoparticles move underground, knowledge that could eventually help improve recovery in oil fields and discover where hydraulic fracking chemicals ... full story
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Techniques for Minimizing Environmental Impacts of Fracking

Dec. 15, 2014 Natural gas power plants emit less carbon dioxide than coal power plants, but must be carefully managed to prevent air and water ... full story
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Pressure Cell for Reproducing Deep-Earth Chemistry

July 11, 2014 A new pressure cell makes it possible to simulate chemical reactions deep in the Earth's crust. The device could allow insights into deep-Earth chemistry and carbon cycling, 'fracking' ... full story
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New Rock Formation Discovered in Colorado

Sep. 23, 2014 An astonishing new rock formation has been revealed in the Colorado Rockies, and it exists in a deeply perplexing relationship with older rocks. Named the Tava sandstone, this sedimentary rock forms ... full story
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Hydraulic Fracturing: Helping Businesses Predict National Fracking Policy

Aug. 14, 2014 Hydraulic fracturing is emerging as one of the primary methods of drilling for natural gas, yet is equally controversial in its potential to induce harm to humans and the environment. The ... full story
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Getting the Salt Out: Electrodialysis Can Provide Cost-Effective Treatment of Salty Water from Fracked Wells

Oct. 21, 2014 The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water ... full story
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New Smart Coating Could Make Oil-Spill Cleanup Faster and More Efficient

May 14, 2014 In the wake of recent off-shore oil spills, and with the growing popularity of 'fracking' -- in which water is used to release oil and gas from shale -- there's a need for easy, quick ... full story
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Space-Based Methane Maps Find Largest U.S. Signal in Southwest

Oct. 9, 2014 An unexpectedly high amount of the climate-changing gas methane, the main component of natural gas, is escaping from the Four Corners region in the US Southwest, according to a new study. Four ... full story
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