Skip to main content

Study Finds Harmful Chemicals in Oil and Gas Wastewater

According to a new study, wastewater from oil and gas production contains levels of harmful chemicals in concentrations high enough to threaten aquatic life and form cancer-causing compounds when mixed with tap water.

Local pumper Bobby Thomason works on cleaning up an old well that was recently worked over to start producing again on a lea…

According to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology, wastewater from oil and gas production, both conventional and using fracking methods, contains levels of the chemicals bromide, ammonium and iodide in concentrations high enough to threaten aquatic life and, when mixed with the chlorine in tap water, to form cancer-causing compounds. Discharge of the wastewater and accidental spills into waterways pose a threat to human health and the environment, according to the study. (Water Online)

Quality journalism doesn't come free

Yes, I'll donate today