Waste-water disposal solution eludes shale gas industry by Tom Joseph

Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target.

Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water that comes from shale gas wells. The traditional method of injecting it back into deep wells is less feasible in Pennsylvania, which has few such wells, and Ohio is accepting less wastewater because of potential links between injection and earthquakes.

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Water Treatment Equipment Market by Tom Joseph

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. 

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Group ask for federal review of Ohio Injection-well program by Tom Joseph

– A coalition of environmental and community groups asked a federal watchdog office on Wednesday to investigate alleged legal violations by the state’s injection well approval program.

In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice, the coalition, coordinated by the Citizens for Health, Environment & Justice, alleges that Ohio’s injection well program disproportionately impacts the state’s low-income Appalachian areas and has failed to meet a federal directive assuring those communities specific safeguards. 

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EPA: Fracking has no broad impact on drinking water by Tom Joseph

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.

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Leak of Oil-Well Wastewater Taints River in North Dakota by Tom Joseph

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.

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Water Shortages Will Limit Global Shale Gas Development - Bloomberg by Tom Joseph

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.

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