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Fracking accounts for half of total water consumption in some Texas counties

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Natural gas wells where hydraulic fracturing is used generate less wastewater per unit of gas recovered compared to conventional wells.
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Oklahoma considers rule changes for wastewater disposal wells

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Under proposals being considered by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, operators of wastewater disposal wells could find themselves obliged to supply local regulators with more information.
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Kentucky oil well operators plead guilty to illegal wastewater discharges

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Persistent violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act have resulted in a two-year probation sentence for Kentucky oil well operators Charles L. Stinson and Ralph Dowell.
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Radioactivity in fracking water reduced with new method

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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

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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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