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Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

by Associated Press  (Sep. 27, 2014)

The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past. Water use by the natural gas industry in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion gallons in 2011 and that figure declined to about 3.1 billion gallons in ...

Fracking fuels conflict over water resources

by Climate News Network  (Sep. 15, 2014)

The vast quantities of water needed to release oil and gas by fracturing rock formations are not available in large areas with the richest deposits – posing major challenges to the future viability of fracking. According to a report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), 38% of the areas ...

Special e-issue of Groundwater focuses on public supply well vulnerability

by National Ground Water Association (NGWA)  (Sep. 25, 2014)

The National Ground Water Association’s flagship technical journal, Groundwater®, has published a special electronic-only issue focusing on public drinking water supply well vulnerability to contamination. This special issue can be accessed in the Wiley Online Library, the database containing complete content information for Groundwater, ...

Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure

by Bloomberg BNA  (Sep. 25, 2014)

Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids. “The American Petroleum Institute does not think that this Toxic Substances Control Act rulemaking is necessary in light of the extensive ...

High Profile Speakers Headline Key Events at WEFTEC® 2014

by Water Environment Federation (WEF)  (Sep. 29, 2014)

An impressive line-up of high profile national and international speakers have been confirmed to headline some of the most highly anticipated events of WEFTEC 2014. The Water Environment Federation’s 87th annual technical exhibition and conference will be held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Sept. 27-Oct, 1. ...

New Air Conditioner Standards Would Rank as Biggest Energy Saver in U.S. DOE History

by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)  (Sep. 18, 2014)

The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new efficiency standards today that would slash commercial rooftop air conditioner energy use by about 30%. The proposed standards would achieve the largest national energy savings of any standard ever issued by the U.S. Department of Energy. ...

Ice melt dilutes Arctic sea’s CO2 clean-up role

by Climate News Network  (Sep. 26, 2014)

The Arctic ice cap has just passed its summer minimum – and it’s the sixth lowest measure of sea ice recorded since 1978, according to scientists at the US space agency NASA. For three decades, the shrinking Arctic ice – and the growing area of clear blue water exposed each summer – has been a cause of increasing ...

World’s Shale Resources Face Water Stress

by World Resources Institute WRI  (Sep. 2, 2014)

Governments and businesses using hydraulic fracturing to develop shale gas could face intense water competition in the world’s largest reserves, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI). Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risk is the first publicly available analysis of water ...

Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine

by Associated Press  (Sep. 18, 2014)

Energy company Range Resources said Thursday it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. The penalty is the largest the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry. Range, based in Fort Worth, Texas, said in a statement that it accepts the ...

VIS and Trucost collaborate on new resource efficiency investment opportunity

by Trucost Plc  (Sep. 11, 2014)

VIS Essential Investments has launched an index to track the performance of financially successful and resource efficient companies using data supplied by environment analyst Trucost. The VIS Energy, Food and Water (EFW) Efficiency Index enables investors to identify companies best placed to generate long-term growth with lower impacts. VIS is a ...

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