Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Fracking threat

Potential impact on Delaware River Basin quantified

Think Progress

Think Progress

Encompassing the longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States, the Delaware River Basin also happens to sit partially on top of the Marcellus Shale, the second largest gas field in the world. To date, a moratorium put in place by the Delaware River Basin Commission has kept gas companies out of the Delaware River Basin — but environmental groups worry that without a permanent ban, the basin could be opened to fracking at a moment’s notice.

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Millions to be spent protecting sewage plants

Hartford Courant

Experts say that more than half of Connecticut's 88 sewage plants may be at "high risk" for flooding because of the increasing likelihood of major climate-change-related storms and rising sea levels, prompting state lawmakers to approve $20 million for projects designed to protect sewage plants and other key infrastructure.

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Toxic blue-green algae posing increasing threat

Phys.org

A report concludes that blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are a poorly monitored and underappreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States, and may increasingly pose a global health threat, according to an analysis outlining the broad scope of the problem by scientists from Oregon State University and the University of North Carolina.

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