Produce grown with recycled fracking wastewater may soon come with warning labels

California could pass a bill that would require farmers, producers and retailers to place warning labels on certain food products. Last week, a new bill introduced by a California lawmaker, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, would require farmers, producers and retailers to add a label to food products that had been irrigated with recycled fracking wastewater. More specifically, the warning label would be required for crops that had been hydrated using recycled water that had once been used in gas and oil field activities, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), where water is…

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A rash of quakes in Oklahoma is blamed on fracking wastewater wells

Forty earthquakes shook the state in one week in late July. Within a one week period in Oklahoma, an astonishing number of earthquakes rocked the state, and the governor of Oklahoma, Republican Governor Mary Fallin, links the 40 quakes that recently occurred in late July to the procedures used for fracking and non-fracking wastewater disposal wells. Five of the 40 quakes had a magnitude of 4.0 or higher. According to state seismologist Austin Holland, only seven months of the year have passed and Oklahoma has nearly tied the number of…

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Fracking does not contaminate water, according to EPA study

A long-anticipated study from the EPA says hydraulic fracturing is not a threat to drinking water. One of the biggest ongoing debates regarding hydraulic fracturing – the controversial oil and natural gas extraction process better known as fracking – is whether or not it contaminates aquifers with potentially harmful chemicals, which are used in the liquid mixture of water, sand and chemicals that is pumped into the ground to break up the rock below. While many believe that hydrofracturing does put the public’s drinking water supply at risk of contamination,…

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New Report confirms fracking wastewater is behind quakes

USGS links injection wells that dispose wastewater to earthquakes. A new report recently released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed that wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations is causing earthquakes, and the report also revealed that Oklahoma has experienced the most quakes in the central and eastern regions of America, which are believed to be the result of human activity. New earthquake hazard maps were released by the USGS along with the report. On the new maps, 17 hot spots were highlighted. These highlighted regions are the…

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Fracking may become greener with hospital sanitizer

Excelyte could help alleviate health concerns and environmental damage associated with hydraulic fracturing. The disinfectant solution was developed by Integrated Environmental Technologies Ltd. (IET), a South Carolina-based company, that is hoping the gas and oil industry will be able to benefit from its solution when it is used for fracking. Excelyte has been proven affective in the healthcare industry. The active ingredient in the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved disinfectant is hypochlorous acid, which is a molecule that naturally occurs in the human body and works to fight off infection.…

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Fracking criminal charges are fought by Exxon

An Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary is being blamed for a wastewater spill in Pennsylvania. According to Pennsylvania prosecutors, XTO Energy Inc., Exxon’s subsidiary, is legally responsible for a large fracking wastewater leak in north-central Pennsylvania that occurred back in 2010, but Exxon is fighting these criminal charges related to the wastewater spill, claiming that the state’s attorney general, Kathleen Kane, has only singled out the massive corporation in an attempt to stop hydraulic fracturing, a practice to which the attorney general is opposed. This case is the first in which…

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