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Oilfields Offer Alternative Water Source for Food Production

water quality  recycled water  oilfield 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted June 10, 2020

For more than 25 years, natural gas and oil producers have been reusing oilfield water to irrigate farms in southern California. This industry-driven approach, which mixes oilfield and surface water, strengthens agricultural output and resource conservation in the drought-prone Cawelo Water District.

The use of oilfield produced water (OPW) for irrigation is permitted under California Water Board policy, and a new study by researchers at Duke University and RTI International confirms that OPW is “of comparable quality to the local groundwater in the region.” The practice, which does not pose major risks to crop or human health, has benefited farmers faced with increasing water shortages.

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 124 The Truth About Fracking

domestic energy  drinking water  energy policy  fracking  groundwater  halliburton  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  technology  water quality  contamination  fracing  natural gas fracking 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 21, 2010

In today's episode, I interview David Adams, Halliburton's vice president for production enhancement, about hydraulic fracturing. He describes the fracking process, the associated benefits as well as the exaggerated risks. 

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Hydraulic Fracturing 'Distortion'

domestic energy  energy policy  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  natural gas fracking  rhetoric vs reality  water quality  energy policy act of 2005 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 12, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had hoped to hold hearings on hydraulic fracturing in New York this week. They were scheduled at Binghamton University, but when it was learned that potentially thousands of people would attend, the EPA moved them to a larger venue in Syracuse, 65 miles north. The move prompted howls among groups who had planned to fly-in from all over the country, leading EPA to postpone the hearings until next month. 

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The Truth about Hydraulic Fracturing

domestic energy  energy policy  hydraulic fracturing  onshore  rhetoric vs reality  water quality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 25, 2010

Vanity Fair is known for publishing provocative articles, and this week's Web edition is no exception.

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