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Coal companies to pay record $27.5 million fine for Clean Water Act violations

March 11, 2014
Coal mining company Alpha Natural Resources, Alpha Appalachian Holdings and 66 subsidiaries have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $27.5 million for thousands of permit violations.
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Connecticut environmental groups call for ban on fracking wastewater

March 6, 2014
Connecticut may impose a ban on storing and recycling wastewater generated as a byproduct of natural gas operations if lawmakers decide to move ahead with a proposed bill.
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Los Angeles City Council approves fracking moratorium

March 3, 2014
The Planning and Land Use Management Committee of Los Angeles has approved two motions that could lead to a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas extraction practices.
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Nutrient pollution in EU drops despite manufacturing output increase

March 3, 2014
Most European countries have made significant progress in tackling nutrient pollution in water, even though industry output in many sectors that contribute to contamination has increased in recent years.
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Fracking accounts for half of total water consumption in some Texas counties

February 25, 2014
Oil and gas companies in Texas may face a severe shortage of water for their fracking operations if they continue to drill at current rates, according to a new report.
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New coal-related incident in West Virginia raises water safety questions

February 13, 2014
Officials from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said that there had been a significant spill from the Kanawha Eagle Prep processing facility near Winifrede.
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Half of fracking wells in water-stressed areas

February 12, 2014
According to a new report by green investment group Ceres, hydraulic fracturing is fueling demand for water that many areas in the United States are unable to meet, since they are already water-stressed.
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Global water treatment chemicals market to reach $30.6 billion in 2017

February 6, 2014
The global water treatment chemicals market will be influenced by increasing water quality standards in manufacturing, as well as other industrial uses.
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Scientists debate link between Oklahoma earthquakes, fracking wastewater

February 4, 2014
Research on the effect of injecting fracking wastewater on seismic activity in the state of Oklahoma has divided the U.S. scientific community.
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Study dispels myth about disproportionate wastewater production from fracking wells

January 28, 2014
Natural gas wells where hydraulic fracturing is used generate less wastewater per unit of gas recovered compared to conventional wells.
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