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Thursday, June 21, 2012

 

Five intake pumping stations and a 40-mile tunnel to divert water from the Delta are proposed to help protect threatened fish species. MANNY CRISOSTOMO/Sacramento Bee  
Bee  

 

Intake outlook

A plan for two massive tunnels diverting water from the Delta has been scaled back 40 percent in size. The project would divert only 10 percent less water, however, and it remains to be seen if this proves less harmful to fish and their habitat. Sacramento Bee

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• Changes to BDCP conveyance, benefits analysis outlined

The first study of its kind quantifies how much water is used in the process, which involves injecting chemical-laced water and sand deep into the ground to tap oil and natural gas deposits. LOS ANGELES TIMES  
Times  

What lies beneath

A new report on hydraulic fracturing has taken stock of the controversial procedure's effect on water supplies in Colorado, echoing concerns of California lawmakers as they seek to regulate "fracking" here. Los Angeles Times

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• Fracking Our Future: Where's the Water?
• Hydraulic fracturing and water: Separating frack from fiction

A class 2 brine disposal well in western Louisiana near the Texas border. The well sat by the side of the road, without restricted access. ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN/ProPublica  
ProPublica  

Injection wells

U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia. There are growing signs they were mistaken. ProPublica

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• Polluted water fuels a battle for answers


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