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Radioactivity in fracking water reduced with new method

January 15, 2014
The method mixes fracking wastewater with acid drainage from mining operations or with salty water to create easily removable solids.
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Chilean mines may be required to use desalinated water

January 14, 2014
Chilean members of parliament are proposing a bill that would require mining companies to use desalinated water in mining processes, in a bid to reduce fresh water consumption while meeting the industry's growing water needs.
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Fracking-related water contamination confirmed in several states

January 8, 2014
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

January 7, 2014
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

December 31, 2013
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

December 30, 2013
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

December 18, 2013
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

December 17, 2013
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

December 11, 2013
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

December 3, 2013
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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