Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from theFracTracker Alliance, a non-profit organization that compiles data, maps and analyses about the impacts of the oil and gas industry.
FrackTracker compared the oil and gas industry’s water use within southeastern Ohio’s Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) to residential use in that area, which covers roughly 20 percent of Ohio. Residential water use includes families’ home use, but excludes water for agricultural, industrial and other purposes. Read More
Injecting wastewater into the ground may be an effective way of disposing of salty fluids created through oil and gas production, but it also comes with a perilous side effect: earthquakes. Now, researchers have found that the rate at which we dispose of this liquid may greatly impact the chance that one of these quakes will occur. The faster we inject this water into the ground, the higher likelihood of induced Earth rumblings. Read More
If all the world’s theoretically recoverable shale gas could be developed, our supply of clean-burning natural gas would expand 47 percent—lowering both greenhouse gas emissions and energy prices, according to estimates from the Washington-based World Resources Institute. Read More
Salty wastewater from oil wells has contaminated a creek and flowed into the Missouri River after a huge pipeline leak in North Dakota, state officials said Thursday.
The state said the leak of 3 million gallons is its biggest-ever spill of “brine,” which in addition to high concentrations of salt often contains trace amounts of heavy metals that can be radioactive. Read More
A controversial method for extracting oil and gas resources from the environment does not have a broad impact on drinking water, according to a report released Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency.
But the EPA's nearly 1,000-page report on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, did also conclude that there is a potential for some pollution on a local scale. Congress commissioned the study in 2010. The report is based on a four-year study. Read More
The U.S. oil-rig count fell by four to 642 in the latest week, according to Baker Hughes Inc., marking the 26th straight week of declines.
The drop is a deceleration from last week, when the count fell by 13.
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Resource extraction is forecast to be the fastest-growing market for water treat¬ment equipment, as water consumption and wastewater treatment continue to be issues of concern to both oil and gas field operators and environmental agencies. The US EPA is also in the process of updating its standards for the treatment of wastewater from oil and gas shale and coalbed formations, which could further boost the market for water treatment equipment in resource extraction. Despite this, gains will be slower than the double-digit increases seen in the 2009-2014 period, when hydraulic fracturing activities and oil and gas field production were expanding at a very strong rate. Read More