New deadline is Sept. 23, 2013
In response to a community request during an Aug. 6, 2013, public meeting, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period for the proposed cleanup plan amendment for the South Cavalcade Street Superfund Site in Houston. The comment period will now conclude on Sept. 23, 2013.
Study finds that conditions in some aquifers enable contaminants to remain in groundwater longer
Key factors have been identified that help determine the vulnerability of public supply wells to contamination. A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report describes these factors, providing insight into which contaminants in an aquifer might reach a well, and when, how and at what concentration they might arrive.
About one-third of the U.S. population gets its drinking water from public supply wells.
Court ruled that the domestic well statute did not violate the due process clause of the constitution
The Supreme Court of New Mexico released the long-awaited decision in Bounds v. State of New Mexico on July 25, 2013. Water Systems and 16 state associations and water well related companies filed a friend of court brief in the case, supporting the position of the state of New Mexico. The court agreed with all of the arguments in the Water Systems Council brief.
EPA to cleanup Nassau County groundwater contaminated with harmful VOCs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed plan to clean up an area of contaminated groundwater within the New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination Superfund site in the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County, N.Y. Groundwater throughout these areas is contaminated with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are often found in paint, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants, automotive products and dry cleaning fluids.
CH2M Hill treated 1.4 billion gal of groundwater between October 2012 and June 2013
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Co. (CH2M HILL) has exceeded this year’s goal for treating 1.4 billion gal of contaminated groundwater at the Hanford Site in Washington state.
Tetrachloroethylene and other volatile organic compounds are polluting groundwater
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed plan to clean up soil at the Ellis Property Superfund site in Evesham Township, N.J., which is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are polluting groundwater underlying the site.
Hydraulic fracturing operations allow us to access valuable natural gas resources, but they also have the potential to affect another precious resource: water. Here Brian Oram, a professional geologist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, discusses how fracking in Pennsylvania has affected private water wells.
Kate Cline: Why is it important for well owners to have their water tested?
The importance of baseline testing for drinking water wells
Study finds that distances from drilling site play major role in risk of groundwater impacts
Homeowners living within 1 km of shale gas wells appear to be at higher risk of having their drinking water contaminated by stray gases, according to a new Duke University-led study.
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.