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New technology for detecting contamination in oil & gas well wastewater unveiled

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A new particle analysis technology can give real-time information about potential contamination at offshore sites, giving site operators instant information about how safe it would be to inject water underground without any negative consequences for the environment and the well itself.
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Idaho company to pay $7,500 fine to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations

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An Idaho sugar company will have to pay a $7,500 fine to settle accusations that it violated the Clean Water Act by dumping industrial stormwater into the Snake River without a permit.
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Study finds increased arsenic levels in groundwater near fracking sites

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A study has added new evidence to the long list of findings suggesting that fracking for natural gas could be harmful to groundwater.
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Veolia Water, Petrobras sign contract for oil-bearing secondary material processing unit

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Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Brazil and Veolia Water Americas signed a contract with Petrobras to design, build, own and operate an oil-bearing secondary material processing unit at its Alberto Pasqualini REFAP Refinery located in Porto Alegre, South Brazil.
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Pennsylvania environmental regulator pulls plug on drilling wastewater treatment plant

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has sprung into action to close a wastewater treatment facility in Rayne Township.
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Southern Research Institute to develop fracking wastewater treatment technology

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Southern Research Institute and the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) have started a joint project to develop methods and technologies aimed at improving shale gas hydraulic fracturing water treatment.
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EPA reaches agreement with XTO Energy over fracking water spill

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Under the terms of the settlement, XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, has to pay a penalty of $100,000 and start a $20 million improvement program to comply with federal regulations regarding recycling, wastewater disposal and spills prevention.
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US oil, gas companies embrace recycling of fracking water

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Many fracking companies in states like Texas, where drought is a major problem, are facing pressure from regulators to reduce the amount of water they use in their fracking fluids.
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Study links large overseas earthquakes to tremors at US fracking sites

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Large earthquakes around the world have been linked to tremors at U.S. sites where wastewater from gas drilling operations is injected into the ground.
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Veolia Water wins contract to build desalination plant in Saudi Arabia

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The new plant, due to come on stream in June 2015, will supply the Sadara petrochemical complex built by Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco in Jubail Industrial City II.
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