Wastewater

In this Jan. 24, 2018 photo, Galena Park is hemmed in by heavy industry just east of downtown Houston along the ship channel. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 23, 2018 - 7:22 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property. More than a half-year after floodwaters swamped America's fourth-largest city,...
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In this Aug. 30, 2017 photo, the Arkema chemical plant is flooded from Hurricane Harvey in Crosby, Texas, northeast of Houston. Nearby residents complain of a 'bitter taste' about the sparse information authorities provided when chemicals at the plant caught fire. They say the company failed to provide sufficient warning beforehand while environmental officials misled them with assurances that the air and water were safe. Critics say testing by authorities and contractors was inadequate to determine whether public health was threatened. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 22, 2018 - 6:49 am
CROSBY, Texas (AP) — The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29. Flooding from Hurricane Harvey had knocked out power. Thousands of gallons of chemical-laden water had spilled into the floodwaters. Soon, the company's stores of volatile organic...
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March 20, 2018 - 6:41 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Sukalyan Sengupta, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Tabish Nawaz, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (THE CONVERSATION) Humans have known since ancient times that silver...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo. after the accidental released of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King Mine by a crew led by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA says it has almost finished reviewing hundreds of damage claims from the spill, but the agency has still not released a clear accounting of the claims made for economic losses and personal injuries. (Jerry McBride /The Durango Herald via AP, File)
March 16, 2018 - 2:58 pm
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has almost finished an overdue review of damage claims from a Colorado mine waste spill that the agency accidentally triggered, but an internal agency accounting of those claims appears to be off by tens of millions of dollars. An EPA...
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March 05, 2018 - 5:22 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Busted bricks and cracked windows were revealed Monday after some of those most powerful earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past year rattled the northern part of the state. Oklahoma residents have gotten used to feeling rumbles from a spike in earthquakes blamed on wastewater...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo, Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours. According to a study released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, pumping energy drilling wastewater deep and nearer fault lines is a leading cause in much of the thousands of man-made earthquakes that have hit Oklahoma in recent years. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
February 01, 2018 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that a major trigger of man-made earthquakes rattling Oklahoma is how deep — not just how much — fracking wastewater is injected into the ground. Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 wastewater injection wells where 96 billion gallons of fluid — leftover from...
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A robot rolls through an underground mine at the Edgar Mine set of Denver, Colo., Dec. 13, 2017. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering robots and other technologies to investigate abandoned or inactive mines to learn what needs to be done with contaminated water spilling out of the mines and into rivers. Many of the mines are poorly understood and dangerous because of bad air and cave-ins. (AP Photo/Tatiana Flowers)
January 31, 2018 - 1:16 pm
DENVER (AP) — Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains, and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface with devastating effects. One such disaster...
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December 25, 2017 - 5:34 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Regulators and scientists say the number of 3.0 magnitude or stronger earthquakes in Oklahoma is declining. The Oklahoma Geological Survey reports the number of quakes of at least that magnitude during 2017 was 294 through mid-December, compared to 624 total during 2016. The...
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December 25, 2017 - 10:55 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Regulators and scientists say the number of 3.0 magnitude or stronger earthquakes in Oklahoma is declining. The Oklahoma Geological Survey reports the number of quakes of at least that magnitude during 2017 was 294 through mid-December, compared to 624 total during 2016. The...
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November 30, 2017 - 5:14 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission that oversees water quality for the watershed that supplies Philadelphia and half of New York City with drinking water is taking another step toward permanently banning natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The Delaware River Basin Commission on Thursday...
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