Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Fracking has been around for many years, but recently, combining it with horizontal drilling has made it economically practical for gas extraction. While natural gas presents the U.S. with options to become more energy independent, there also are concerns about the process’s impact on the environment.
Fracking’s potential effects on drinking water supplies
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.
Success of federal Superfund law highlighted
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney visited three Superfund sites in Orange and Dutchess counties in New York state to review and assess progress on the cleanup of contamination at these hazardous waste sites.
Shenandoah Road Groundwater Contamination — East Fishkill, N.Y.
Booklet helps educate citizens on issues related to water conservation
Brian Oram, a professional geologist and soil scientist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, announced that his firm is making available “The Pennsylvania Guide for Groundwater for Private Well Owners: What Do the Numbers Mean?” through the Water Research Center Portal.
USGS study signals need for well owners to test, protect water
A report released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) showing that one in five private wells in Pennsylvania faces elevated arsenic levels, offered powerful incentive to test and ensure treatment, according to the Water Quality Assn (WQA).
According to USGS, “Eight percent of more than 5,000 wells tested across Pennsylvania contain groundwater with levels of arsenic at or above federal standards set for public drinking water, while an additional 12% — though not exceeding standards — show elevated levels,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of WQA.
Regular water well cleaning is vital for maintaining acceptable water quality and operational efficiency, and lowering maintenance costs. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Neil Mansuy of Subsurface Technologies Inc. about the importance of regular water well cleaning and how it impacts overall well health.
The importance of regular water well cleaning and its impact on overall well health
Ongoing drought conditions in many parts of the U.S. are impacting water treatment systems using well water and municipal water alike. This can be advantageous, however, for water treatment dealers who use this as an opportunity to stay in contact with customers and offer education and additional services to help them through the drought.
The effects of drought on water supply & treatment systems
The view out my window as I write is white — the snow is falling quickly and heavily, with up to 8 in. expected by the end of the day. Schools are closed and the chatter around the office is whether the commute home will take two hours or three.
More than 20,000 people will benefit from new wells and well rehabilitation
As part of a five-year focus on water and sanitation projects in Malawi, World Vision announced a new partnership with charity: water, specifically targeting needs in communities where less than 50% of the population has access to clean water.
World Vision has a 35-year history of holistic community development work in Malawi, and this partnership will allow a collaborative effort to expand water interventions in many communities.
NGWA develops industry best suggested practice for water well system professionals
The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) has developed an industry best suggested practice (BSP) for water well system professionals to use regarding the emergency disinfection of flooded residential water wells.
The BSP, "Residential Water Well Disinfection Following a Flood":