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Fracking-related water contamination confirmed in several states

At least three states -- Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia -- have confirmed water pollution in response to complaints related to hydraulic fracturing operations.
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Pennsylvania treatment plant extracts oil, salts from fracking wastewater

A new technology will allow the facility to further process the brine produced after treating the oil and gas production water and separate the metals within it.
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Fracking company to pay record fine for Clean Water Act violations

U.S. fracking company Chesapeake Energy has been hit with the largest civil penalty ever imposed for water contamination.
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Canadian researchers find artificial sweeteners in river

A team of Canadian researchers has detected high concentration levels of artificial sweeteners used in the food and beverage industry in the Grand River, near Ontario, suggesting that wastewater treatment plants are unable to remove them from the water supply system.
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Fracking chemicals can act as hormone disruptors, researchers claim

The team of scientists examined in laboratory conditions 12 chemicals that were commonly used in fracking and were either known to be endocrine disruptors or were suspected to have such properties.
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Textile, leather industry growth to boost water & wastewater treatment market

Driven by rising demand for textile and leather products, the industry is also facing an increased need for treatment of wastewater, boosting the market to a predicted total revenue of $988.2 million by 2020.
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Fracking uses more water than thought, study claims

In one of the states where fracking has become a day-to-day business, authorities have found that, in order for the fuel to flow, "maintenance water" is also required.
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Fracking water treatment sector in need of fresh ideas, expert claims

Treating and recycling fracking wastewater has proved to be more difficult than many had expected. A highly individualized approach is needed for each oilfield, meaning that the costs are high.
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Texas oil company develops fracking method using no freshwater

Instead of relying on freshwater that is extremely scarce, the company utilizes brackish water from the Santa Rosa aquifer and is recycling water from its own wells.
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Groundwater contamination discovered around TVA coal-fired plants, report claims

TVA did not contest the findings but noted that it was moving to adopt a more aggressive approach to control and prevent future coal ash contamination of water supplies.
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