Photo: A groundwater well near Estancia, New Mexico. Credit: Debra Perrone
The U.S. groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist.
The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the U.S.
The research by scientists from the University of Saskatchewan, the UA and … [more…]
Photo: The Elliptio complanate freshwater mussel, one of the two species used in the experiment. Credit: Westcott Phillip
Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas wastewaters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from fracking wastewater disposal sites, according to researchers from Penn State and Union College.
"Freshwater mussels filter water and when they grow a hard shell, the shell material records some of … [more…]
This April 10, 2011 picture shows a rig and supply vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. (Gerald Herbert / AP file)
Federal government lawyers say a 14-year-old leak is releasing much more oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico than officials previously claimed, and it may be getting worse.
A Friday court filing in a case involving Taylor Energy Co. says 10,000 to 30,000 … [more…]
Tom Frantz on his almond grove in Shafter, California. (Photo: Jonas Jungblut)
In California’s Central Valley, the oil industry has been dumping wastewater into unlined—and under-regulated—ponds, threatening the state’s limited groundwater and the humans who rely on it.
In the winter of 2001, Tom Frantz and a friend were cruising in his pick-up truck along a stretch of Highway 33 in Kern County, California. Known as the Petroleum Highway, this … [more…]
Drillers withheld information on at least one chemical in some 2,500 wells, citing trade secrets
Energy companies in Pennsylvania declined to identify potentially harmful chemicals used for drilling and fracking for natural gas in more than half the wells developed between 2013 and 2017, according to a report released on Tuesday.
The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity, a Massachusetts nonprofit that does research and advocacy on energy policy, … [more…]