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Water used for fracking varies widely across the US

The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new USGS study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The research found that water…

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Study finds raised levels of chemicals in Barnett Shale water; no direct link to fracking, yet

Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington have found elevated levels of numerous metals and chemical compounds associated with the hydraulic fracturing process in public and private water wells throughout the Barnett Shale. A peer-reviewed study published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology is careful not to identify drilling as the source…

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Fracking sand mining has large impact on local economies – study

Hydraulic fracturing in shale formations requires large quantities of frac sand and mining it has become big business, especially in Wisconsin, according to a new study from The Heartland Institute. The study, titled “Economic Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining,” is the second in a series by Heartland Institute Research Fellow Isaac Orr…

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Waterless fracking test well in US isn’t doing too well

While the oil and gas industry was excited about the idea of waterless fracking and the environmental and health benefits that it would bring, a test well in Ohio well has not yet demonstrated commercial potential. The $22 million test well operated by EV Energy Partners, along with eight other companies, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio,…

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