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UK and US share a similar mindset when it comes to horizontal drilling for shale energy
While an entire ocean separates the UK from the US, when the issue of fracking arises, the great divide -- philosophically speaking -- narrows considerably. (2017-04-10)

UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells
Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK's largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research. (2017-04-02)

A new model for capillary rise in nano-channels offers insights into fracking
With fracking, scientists have calculated the expected level of capillary rise with the Lucas-Washburn equation, a mathematical model whose earliest parameters were first devised nearly a century ago. The challenge, however, is that that the equation has not been completely accurate in predicting the actual rise observed in nano-capillary laboratory experiments. Researchers studying this deviation describe their findings this week in the journal Applied Physics Letters. (2017-03-21)

Oil and gas wastewater spills alter microbes in West Virginia waters
Wastewater from oil and gas operations -- including fracking for shale gas -- at a West Virginia site altered microbes downstream, according to a Rutgers-led study. The study, published recently in Science of the Total Environment, showed that wastewater releases, including briny water that contained petroleum and other pollutants, altered the diversity, numbers and functions of microbes. The shifts in the microbial community indicated changes in their respiration and nutrient cycling, along with signs of stress. (2017-02-23)

Antidote for partisanship? In science, curiosity seems to work
Disputes over science-related policy issues such as climate change or fracking often seem as intractable as other politically charged debates. But in science, at least, simple curiosity might help bridge that partisan divide, according to new research. (2017-01-26)

Big data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites
A computer program is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling. (2016-12-07)

Study links groundwater changes to fracking
A new study has found heightened concentrations of some common substances in drinking water near sites where hydraulic fracturing has taken place. The substances are not at dangerous levels and their sources are unclear, but the researchers say the findings suggest underground disturbances that could be harbingers of eventual water-quality problems. The study may be the first of its kind to spot such broad trends. (2016-11-15)

Deep down fracking wells, microbial communities thrive
Microbes have a remarkable ability to adapt to the extreme conditions in fracking wells. New finding help scientists understand what is happening inside fracking wells and could offer insight into processes such as corrosion and methane production. (2016-10-25)

Fracking wastewater is mostly brines, not man-made fracking fluids
Naturally occurring brines, not man-made fracking fluids, account for most of the wastewater coming from hydraulically fractured unconventional oil and gas wells, a new Duke University study finds. (2016-10-17)

Support for fracking is at an all-time low, says new survey
As the government gives the go-ahead to resume fracking in the UK, a new survey from The University of Nottingham has shown that public support for the extraction and use of shale gas has fallen from over 58 percent in July 2013 to just over 37 percent in October 2016. (2016-10-13)

Most Americans want government to combat climate change
Sixty-five percent of Americans think climate change is a problem that the government needs to address, including 43 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats, according to a new survey from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (2016-10-05)

UTA study finds air contamination near fracking sites result of operational inefficiencies
Chemists at the University of Texas at Arlington have published a new study that indicates that highly variable contamination events registered in and around unconventional oil and gas developments are the result of operational inefficiencies and not inherent to the extraction process itself. (2016-08-26)

Fracking chemicals exposure may harm fertility in female mice
Prenatal exposure to chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may threaten fertility in female mice, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology. (2016-08-25)

Exposure to chemicals released during fracking may harm fertility
Scientific studies, while ongoing, are still inconclusive on the potential long-term effects fracking has on human development. Today, researchers at the University of Missouri released a study that is the first of its kind to link exposure to chemicals released during hydraulic fracturing to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in mice. Scientists believe that exposure to these chemicals also could pose a threat to human development. (2016-08-25)

Study: Unconventional natural gas wells associated with migraine, fatigue
New research suggests that Pennsylvania residents with the highest exposure to active natural gas wells operated by the hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') industry are nearly twice as likely to suffer from a combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms and severe fatigue. (2016-08-25)

American Chemical Society national meeting features presidential events
American Chemical Society (ACS) President Donna J. Nelson, Ph.D., will emphasize her theme of buildĀ¬ing communities in chemistry at the ACS 252nd National Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 21 to 25, in Philadelphia. The presidential events, which will also include other subjects of broad interest, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Marriott. All times listed are in EDT. (2016-08-04)

Study: Fracking industry wells associated with increased risk of asthma attacks
People with asthma who live near bigger or larger numbers of active unconventional natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are 1.5 to four times likelier to have asthma attacks than those who live farther away, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. (2016-07-18)

Unconventional natural gas development associated with increased asthma exacerbation risk
Residential unconventional natural gas development activity, a process that involves fracking and creates a source of energy used both domestically and internationally, was associated with increased risk of asthma exacerbations in a study of patients with asthma in Pennsylvania, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-07-18)

Underwater 'lost city' found to be geological formation
New research reveals how an underwater 'lost city' has been found to be a geological formation. The ancient underwater remains of what was thought to be a long lost Greek city, found close to the holiday island Zakynthos, were in fact created by a naturally occurring phenomenon up to five million years ago. (2016-06-02)

What happens to hydraulic fracturing wastewater on cropland
The use of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' has grown rapidly in the US over the past 15 years -- but concerns persist that the oil and gas extraction method could harm the environment and people's health. To better understand its potential effects, scientists simulated what would happen to the wastewater produced by the technique after a spill. They published their findings in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2016-06-01)

Humans have been causing earthquakes in Texas since the 1920s
Earthquakes triggered by human activity have been happening in Texas since at least 1925, and they have been widespread throughout the state ever since, according to a new historical review of the evidence published online May 18 in Seismological Research Letters. (2016-05-17)

UC geologists identify sources of methane, greenhouse gas, in Ohio, Colorado and Texas
Methane comes from various sources, like landfills, bacterial processes in water, cattle and fracking. In testing methane sources at three national sites, University of Cincinnati geologists found no evidence fracking affected methane concentrations in groundwater in Ohio. At sites in Colorado and Texas, methane sources were founded to be mixed, divided between fracking, cattle and/or landfills. (2016-05-16)

Can fluids from fracking escape into groundwater
A new study looks at how fluids related to hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' can escape into aquifers via nearby leaky abandoned wells. (2016-05-16)

Opinions on fracking linked to political persuasion, says new study
A person's opinion on fracking can be predicted by their political ideology, according to a new study co-conducted by Plymouth University. (2016-05-09)

Contamination in North Dakota linked to fracking spills
Accidental wastewater spills from unconventional oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a Duke study finds. Researchers found high levels of contaminants and salt in surface waters polluted by the brine-laden wastewater, which primarily comes from fracked wells. Soil at spill sites was contaminated with radium. At one site, high levels of contaminants were detected in residual waters four years after the spill occurred. (2016-04-27)

Test aims to identify shale gas hazard in groundwater
A test has been developed to check for contamination of shallow groundwater from unconventional gas extraction techniques, such as fracking. (2016-04-21)

Oil and gas wastewater disposal may harm West Virginia waterways
Unconventional oil and gas operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' to release natural gas and oil from underground rock. Studies have centered on potential water pollution from this process that may increase endocrine disrupting chemicals in surface and ground water. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri report high levels of EDC activity in the surface water near a hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia. (2016-04-07)

Fracking -- not wastewater disposal -- linked to most induced earthquakes in Western Canada
A survey of a major oil and natural gas-producing region in Western Canada suggests a link between hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' and induced earthquakes in the region, according to a new report published online in the journal Seismological Research Letters. (2016-03-29)

Hydrocarbon storage, fracking and lightning risk
Fires caused by lightning strikes on hydrocarbon storage plants are a century-old, yet to be addressed, problem, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Forensic Engineering. In the era of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, this is becoming an even more poignant issue for the fossil fuel industry. (2016-03-14)

How to get a handle on potential risks posed by fracking fluids
The latest skirmishes over hydraulic fracturing in Florida and California are, at their core, about water. Many fracking-related spills have been recorded, and opponents say that such incidents pose unacceptable threats to water supplies. But the issue is fraught with uncertainties. Scientists review what's known about the fluids in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology and conclude that a comprehensive assessment of potential risks requires full disclosure of fracking fluid contents. (2016-03-09)

Does living near an oil or natural gas well affect your drinking water?
Does living near an oil or natural gas well affect the quality of your drinking water? 'The answer to that question is usually 'no,' but there are exceptions,' said Stanford Professor Rob Jackson. He has found very high levels of natural gas in the tap water near active wells, and a surprising number of hydraulically fractured wells that penetrate shallow freshwater aquifers. 'In no other industry would you be allowed to inject chemicals into a source of drinking-quality water,' Jackson said. (2016-02-14)

Natural or manmade quakes? New technique can tell the difference
A study by Stanford geophysicists shows that earthquakes resulting from wastewater injection follow several indicative patterns that are starkly different from natural causes. (2015-12-16)

Fracking plays active role in generating toxic metal wastewater, Dartmouth study finds
The production of hazardous wastewater in hydraulic fracturing is assumed to be partly due to chemicals introduced into injected freshwater when it mixes with highly saline brine naturally present in the rock. But a Dartmouth study investigating the toxic metal barium in fracking wastewater finds that chemical reactions between injected freshwater and the fractured shale itself could play a major role. (2015-12-15)

Researchers work to fingerprint hydrofracking water quality
A Syracuse University study aims to develop new tools to detect possible groundwater contamination associated with shale-bed methane production in the Appalachian Basin. (2015-12-09)

Shocking new way to get the salt out
A new MIT system uses shockwaves to remove salt from water. (2015-11-12)

Experts recommend modeling to avoid earthquakes resulting from fracking
Using computer analysis prior to drilling could limit seismic events as a result of hydraulic fracturing, according to new research published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. (2015-11-10)

Scotland leads unconventional gas extraction health assessments
Scotland can lead the international public health impact assessment of unconventional gas extraction according to a new report by University of Stirling academics. The Scottish Government announced a moratorium on the controversial extraction processes which includes fracking, coal bed methane and underground coal gasification, until it publishes a full assessment of the technology. Research by Stirling academics Professor Andrew Watterson and Dr Will Dinan outlines how Scotland can set the benchmark for other nations. (2015-11-05)

Historian examines environmental cost of tapping alternate sources for water, oil
Saudi Arabia is known as one of the top oil producing countries in the world. However, an Iowa State University professor of history says it may have never earned that reputation if not for a quest to find fresh drinking water in the late 19th century, because of drought and repeated cholera outbreaks. (2015-11-02)

Dirty pipeline: Methane from fracking sites can flow to abandoned wells, new study shows
A new study funded by the National Science Foundation shows that abandoned oil and gas wells near fracking sites can be conduits for methane escape not currently being measured, a significant finding given the current debate over new EPA rules regulating fracking-related release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. (2015-10-20)

Fracking chemicals tied to reduced sperm count in mice
Prenatal exposure to a mixture of chemicals used in the oil and natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at levels found in the environment lowered sperm counts in male mice when they reached adulthood, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology. (2015-10-14)

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