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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

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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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Public concern high over drilling rules for shale gas

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We can’t recall seeing this kind of concern about a North Carolina environmental issue. We hope lawmakers are taking note, because it’s clear that this state’s residents — who are also voters — are deeply concerned about fracking. The state’s Mining and Energy Commission has been swamped with public comments on the standards it’s writing for shale-gas drilling. Commission members ...

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EDITORIAL: Fracking may be safe, but well casings aren’t

The Fayetteville Observer Defenders of gas exploration done with hydraulic fracturing say there’s never been been a case of drinking-water contamination linked to the process. After extensive research, some Duke University scientists concur — sort of. The researchers looked at 133 drinking-water wells in Pennsylvania and Texas and concluded that fracking — the fracturing of shale thousands of feet below ...

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Oil, gas industry has positive impact on Weld governments

Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune A study by an energy initiative at Duke University shows that Colorado’s booming oil and gas industry has had a positive impact on public finances to date. “Our research indicates that the net impact of recent oil and gas development has generally been positive for local public finances,” states the report, conducted by Daniel ...

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Energy Pipeline: Study finds oil, gas industry has positive impacts to local governments

Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune, Colo. A new study by an energy initiative at Duke University shows that Colorado’s booming oil and gas industry has had a positive impact on public finances to date. The study looked at several oil plays throughout the country, finding for the most part that public finances have not been negatively impacted, though a ...

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