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Half of US fracking wells located in water-stressed areas

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Researchers warn that fracking to extract shale gas poses risks to water supplies in regions like Texas and Colorado, which are already seriously threatened by drought.
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Nanomaterial shows promise for oil spill cleanups

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A team of scientists from Australia and France have developed a new method for removing organic pollutants from water that could dramatically shorten the time needed to tackle oil spills.
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Ecolab to acquire Purate business from AkzoNobel

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Ecolab Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire AkzoNobel’s Purate business, which specializes in global antimicrobial water treatment technology.
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EPA finalizes cleanup plan for Cayuga County Superfund site

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The groundwater at the site is contaminated with volatile organic compounds from a semiconductor manufacturing site in the city of Auburn.
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Wastewater barge transportation draws controversy

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The debate over whether wastewater from fracking operations should be shipped by barges has been stirring up public opinion for months.
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Fracking wastewater causes problems for treatment plants, study finds

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According to a new study from the University Of Pittsburgh, wastewater treatment facilities are not able to remove all the pollutants from the water used in natural gas extraction.
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Space-age water treatment less constrained by gravity

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Are water markets around the world getting serious about conservation and reuse?
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New laws, infrastructure spur investment in global sludge treatment market

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Stringent new laws on wastewater residue disposal and rapid infrastructure development, particularly in developing countries, have fueled investments in the global sludge treatment market.
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Desalination increasingly popular solution to water shortage problem

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Desalination projects are becoming increasingly common globally, as drinkable water reserves are getting scarce and the population increases, causing the demand for clean water to rise accordingly.
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Kansas refinery fined more than $2 million for oil spill

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Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing has agreed to pay a $556,244 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its facility in Coffeyville, Kan., and $1.7 million for reimbursement of federal response costs.
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