Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

Aerial photo: City Of Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

David J. Phillip/AP This March 18, 2019, file photo shows firefighters battling the massive fire at a Deer Park petrochemical storage facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC).

The company testing the water supply detected the dangerous chemical on March 31.

The company testing Deer Park’s drinking water supply in the aftermath of the massive fire at a petrochemical facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) detected a trace amount … [more…]

Intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing

Map of water stress and shale plays; hydraulic fracturing

Abstract

Unconventional oil and gas exploration in the United States has experienced a period of rapid growth, followed by several years of limited production due to falling and low natural gas and oil prices. Throughout this transition, the water use for hydraulic fracturing and wastewater production in major shale gas and oil production regions has increased; from 2011 to 2016, the water use per well increased up to 770%, while … [more…]

Bottled water, brought to you by fracking?

photo: plastic bottles for Bottled water, brought to you by fracking?

The link between fracking and the bottled water industry is one more reason to take back the tap

The new Food & Water Watch report Take Back the Tap: The Big Business Hustle of Bottled Water details the deceit and trickery of the bottled water industry. Here’s one more angle to consider: The bottled water business is closely tied to fracking.

The report reveals that the majority of bottled water … [more…]

Derailed Train Spills 230,000 Gallons of Crude Into Flooded Iowa River

photo: Derailed Train Spills 230,000 Gallons of Crude Into Flooded Iowa River

A train derailment spilled 230,000 gallons of crude oil into an already-flooded Iowa river Friday, endangering downstream drinking water, the Des Moines Register reported Sunday. Thirty-two cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train derailed, 14 of which leaked crude oil into the Rock River in Doon, Iowa.

The cause of the derailment is unknown, but officials including Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds attributed it to heavy rain Wednesday and … [more…]

Plastic degrading in the oceans release chemicals into the water

Plastic degrading in the oceans release chemicals into the water

Plastic debris accumulates in the environment and lately much attention has been drawn to the pollution in the world’s oceans. Photo: Berit Gewert

Floating plastic debris in the marine environment can be degraded by reactions initiated by UV-radiation, hydrolysis, and microorganisms. Degradation of plastics releases chemical compounds to the water. The compounds and their amounts are dependent on the plastic polymer and the weathering condition of the plastic. These are

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