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Hazardous contaminants found in conventional & unconventional wastewater

Scientists at Duke University have recently discovered high levels of ammonium and iodide in wastewater being discharged or spilled into freshwater streams and rivers from oil and gas worksites located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ammonium and iodide can be potentially hazardous to the environment and human health.  The levels of contamination were equal to wastewater from conventional oil wells ...

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Duke professor finds fracking footprint


DURHAM — A prominent Duke University researcher contributed to a recent discovery that makes it easier to say what role the controversial technology of hydraulic fracturing plays in water pollution. Duke geochemist Avner Vengosh worked with other American and French scientists in identifying what they believe is the unique, chemical “fingerprint” left behind by the relatively new process of extracting ...

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