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PNNL Fracturing Fluid: Cost-effective Option for Geothermal Energy

January 17, 2020

Researchers identified two processes that generate larger rock fractures at lower pressures using StimuFrac™. Geothermal power is a reliable…
Recycling salty water could help control detrimental microbes in Alberta drill sites

October 1, 2019

Recycling salty water produced from hydraulic fracturing may be effective for managing microbes at well sites in Alberta,…
Predicting seismic activity at fracking sites to prevent earthquakes

August 2, 2019

Scientists from the University of Bristol have found a more effective way to predict seismic activity at hydraulic…
Can We Reuse Polluted Water? Yes, Add Bacteria

July 30, 2019

Scientists say bacterial communities are the key to efficient, low-cost treatment systems for wastewater from the oil and…
Trace metal exposure among pregnant women in British Columbia

May 24, 2019

The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology last week revealed the findings of a 2016 pilot study…
Researchers pinpoint future probability of damaging man-made earthquakes

September 28, 2018

Earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas had been on the rise due to injection of wastewater – a byproduct…
Injection wells can induce earthquakes miles away from the well

August 31, 2018

A study of earthquakes induced by injecting fluids deep underground has revealed surprising patterns, suggesting that current recommendations…
Methane-producing microbial communities found in fracking wells

June 27, 2018

Deep in the rocky earth, in the liquid-filled cracks created by fracking, lives a community of highly interactive…
Fox Creek quakes linked to volume and location of hydraulic fracturing

January 22, 2018

The volume of hydraulic fracturing fluid and the location of well pads control the occurrence and frequency of…
Modeling the Effects of Wastewater Injection

December 28, 2017

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a petroleum-extraction procedure in which millions of gallons of water (as well as…
Hydraulic fracturing negatively impacts infant health

December 14, 2017

Health risks increase for infants born to mothers living within 2 miles of a hydraulic fracturing site, according…
Pregnant women potentially exposed to high levels of benzene in British Columbia: a pilot study raises concerns

November 14, 2017

Peace River Valley, in northeastern British Columbia, has become known in recent years as a place of hydraulic…
Noise pollution from fracking may harm human health

January 13, 2017

Fracking creates noise at levels high enough to harm the health of people living nearby, according to the first…
Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New Study Funds

October 26, 2016

An expansive new analysis by Yale School of Public Health researchers confirms that numerous carcinogens involved in the…
Toxins found in fracking fluids and wastewater, study shows

January 8, 2016

In an analysis of more than 1,000 chemicals in fluids used in and created by hydraulic fracturing (fracking),…
How much water does U.S. fracking really use?

September 28, 2015

Energy companies used nearly 250 billion gallons of water to extract unconventional shale gas and oil from hydraulically…
How much water do U.S. fracking operations really use?

September 17, 2015

The oil and gas extraction method called hydraulic fracturing remains controversial for multiple reasons, one of which is…
The Chemistry of Waters that Follow from Fracking: A Case Study

May 12, 2015

In a study of 13 hydraulically fractured shale gas wells in north-central Pennsylvania, USGS researchers found that the…
Hydraulic fracturing: Using scientific methods to evaluate trade-offs

April 21, 2015

In Colorado, drilling for oil and natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, sometimes referred to as fracking, is big…
Fracking Responsible for Several Ohio Earthquakes, Scientists Say

January 7, 2015

A new report, published online in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, shows that the controversial…
New study suggests US fracking boom may not last as long as predicted

December 5, 2014

A team of researchers with the University of Texas has conducted an analysis of the fracking business in…
New tracers can identify frack fluids in the environment

October 22, 2014

Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or…
Getting the salt out: electrodialysis can provide cost-effective treatment of salty water from fracked wells

October 21, 2014

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for…
New petroleum technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

September 19, 2014

The Powder River Basin in the U.S., well known for its abundant coal supply, is experiencing a turnaround…
More health symptoms reported near ‘fracking’ natural gas extraction

September 12, 2014

(Illustration by Patrick Lynch) A Yale-led study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms reported among residents…
Rock and Roll – New research could optimise fracking process

August 22, 2014

A team from the University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey have literally carried out ‘rock breaking’…
A new look at what’s in ‘fracking’ fluids raises red flags

August 14, 2014

As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) proliferates, a new study on the…
Fracking flowback could indirectly pollute groundwater

June 26, 2014

The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that…
Book offers simplified guide to shale gas extraction

April 17, 2014

The new book, “Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale,” attempts to offer…
Acid Mine Drainage Reduces Radioactivity In Fracking Waste

January 10, 2014

Much of the naturally occurring radioactivity in fracking wastewater might be removed by blending it with another wastewater…
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