Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking

(Stanford University 11 September 2014) Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. We can do better, the authors say.

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Priorities for research on pharmaceutical and personal care products in the environment

(Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22 September 2014) The results from a survey designed to identify and prioritize the scientific research needed to understand the risks of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment have been published in the latest issue of IEAM.

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Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinized

(University of Manchester 21 September 2014) Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

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Gas leaks from faulty wells linked to contamination in some groundwater

(Ohio State University 15 September 2014) A study has pinpointed the likely source of most natural gas contamination in drinking-water wells associated with hydraulic fracturing, and it’s not the source many people may have feared.

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Roma residents take CSG waste site issue to court

ABC News Fidelis Rego 22 September 2014

A group of residents in southern inland Queensland are challenging a council’s decision to allow waste generated by the gas industry to be dumped in an open pond.

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Drugs ‘entering waterways’ through urine

BBC News Andrea Sella, Lorna Stewart 12 September 2014

As drugs  – both legal and illegal – pass through us, they enter the UK’s waterways, leading to a startling change in the habits of wildlife.

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Blackened water just won’t wash

Townsville Bulletin 12 September 2014

IT looks like water in a third world country – but this is Georgetown, a small township just 480km west of Townsville.   Photographs, tabled in parliament, show a child bathing in the dirty liquid, which locals say is destroying clothes and linens. The water supply was chlorinated about a decade ago after pathogens built up, but that chlorine was now oxidising minerals and turning the water brown.

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