Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

In harm's way

Study: How close is too close for hydraulic fracturing?

Groundwater wells in the western United States. STANFORD | Water in the West


Stanford University, UC Santa Barbara & Reuters

How safe is the water you drink? Although wells for drinking water and wells for oil and gas production are known to exist in the same geographic regions, their proximity to one another across the United States was uncertain. In a new study, California researchers have determined what percentage of domestic groundwater wells might be next door to active hydraulic fracturing. In a state like Texas, where the Permian Basin is undergoing a fracking boom, the data is eye opening.


Florida moves ahead with water plan, without feds

Naples Daily News & Fort Myers Beach Observer

Florida appears to be moving forward with deep-injection well sites north of Lake Okeechobee, but it's doing so without the federal government or environmental groups. The idea is to send water from high rain events and hurricanes down to 3,000 feet or more below the surface to cut back on Lake Okeechobee releases, which often blow out coastal estuaries. The problem is that the water would not help recharge the Everglades and be lost forever.


WEF urges Congress to fund key water programs

Water Environment Federation

The Water Environment Federation is urging Congress to protect funding for federal research that is critical to addressing challenges facing the nation’s water resources. WEF requests funding be increased or at least maintained for water research at the Department of Energy, EPA, U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation and Bureau of Reclamation.