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Sewage Plants Struggle To Treat Fracking Wastewater 264

MTorrice writes "When energy companies extract natural gas trapped deep underground using hydraulic fracturing, they're left with water containing high levels of pollutants, including benzene and barium. Sometimes the gas producers dispose of this fracking wastewater by sending it to treatment plants that deal with sewage and water from other industrial sources. But a new study (abstract) suggests that the plants can't handle this water's high levels of contaminants: Water flowing out of the plants into the environment still has elevated levels of the chemicals from natural gas production."
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Sewage Plants Struggle To Treat Fracking Wastewater

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:35PM (#43216491)

    ...made Tigh the project lead.

  • by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) * on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:37PM (#43216509)

    Ever been to Utah? Ra-di-a-tion. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense. Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year. They ought to have them, too. When they canceled the project it almost did me in. One day my mind was full to bursting. The next day - nothing. Swept away. But I showed them. I had a lobotomy in the end. Friend of mine had one. Designer of the neutron bomb. You ever hear of the neutron bomb? Destroys people - leaves buildings standing. Fits in a suitcase. It's so small, no one knows it's there until - BLAMMO. Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dead. So immoral, working on the thing can drive you mad. That's what happened to this friend of mine. So he had a lobotomy. Now he's well again.

  • by MightyYar ( 622222 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:46PM (#43216601)

    Nineteen hundred and forty-six. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.

  • by ddd0004 ( 1984672 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @04:24PM (#43217085)

    I see they've gotten to you too. This goes a lot deeper than I thought.

  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @04:41PM (#43217279) Homepage

    So are commies. They're everywhere.

  • by lennier ( 44736 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @07:52PM (#43219141) Homepage

    Severe restrictions on industry by "concerned" people 100 years ago would have left us with, maybe, a cleaner environment, but 1980-level tech instead of 2013. Net effect: Magnitudes more deaths, not fewer.

    Tell me about it. I remember the 1980s. Those were hard years, man. We had to scrape by with computers with cassette drives. And we had 64 kilobytes of memory and 2400 baud modems.

    The horror still haunts me. If we'd only had iPads and Facebook, millions of young lives could have been saved!

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