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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Recycling Gas Drilling Water Doesn't Stop Risks

(Newser) – The New York Times continues raising alarms about the drilling practice known as hydrofracking, in which water is blasted into rock to extract natural gas. Today's piece focuses on the dangers posed by the contaminated water that returns to the surface. Drilling companies in Pennsylvania have billed water recycling as the solution, but the Times finds that less than half the wastewater produced is being reused in the drilling process—and even then the process leaves behind toxic sludge or salt. Read more