Turning Frack Water into Profit is Tricky Business

Some businesses think they have the technology to clean up frack wastewater. But can it ever be a moneymaker?

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Locals Seek Control at Fracking Waste Wells

Ohio is quickly becoming a go-to destination for the nation's frack wastewater. And local communities say the state isn't giving them any say in the matter.

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AF Video: Why is Fracking Wastewater Radioactive?

Filmmaker Josh Kurz and The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier created this explainer about why the water used in fracking oil and natural gas from the ground—flowback—is radioactive. And just where does that dirty, salty waste water go? It's fracking amazing.

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More Study Needed on Fracking and Health Impacts

Several studies are raising alarms that health effects from fracking are real, but whether these will change drilling regulations is unknown. A debate is underway over how much evidence is 'enough' to make conclusions about fracking's health impacts. 

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Where Fracking Waste Spills, Concern for Groundwater

A gas company recently got slapped with a record fine after fracking wastewater leaked out of storage ponds in Pennsylvania. What’s in this wastewater, and what happens when it gets on the ground? Communities around drill sites and scientists are asking those questions.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gas Drilling Spills Go Unnoticed

Shale gas drillers spilled waste water and other liquids 137 times in seven years in Pennsylvania, and a lot of those times the companies didn’t even notice. An ongoing series of investigative reports in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores these spills.

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Fracking and Groundwater Contamination? It's Complicated

In one Pennsylvania town, locals say gas drilling ruined their water. But the state has said drilling had nothing to do with the bad water. What happened? Scientists are still trying to figure it out. This is the latest part of our series 'Exposures.'

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In Leftover Marcellus Rocks, a Threat to Water Supplies: Radiation

Drill a hole in the ground and you're left with a pile of dirt and rocks called drill cuttings.  Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale drillers produce a lot of these, and it's a problem because the dirt is naturally radioactive. There's a risk the radiation can get into water supplies if it isn't properly treated.  New York has a moratorium on drilling, but its landfills are taking in plenty of solid waste from Pennsylvania's gas boom.

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WV Landfill Chair: State Too Eager For Shale Waste

Landfill authority chairman Bill Hughes says West Virginia's allowing too much Marcellus shale industry waste without knowing what's in it.  He says his concerns are falling on deaf ears in the legislature, in part because too much money is at stake.

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