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Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways – Scientific American

Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways – Scientific American

By Marianne Lavelle and The Daily Climate

Researchers find alarming levels of these new contaminants in wastewater released into Pennsylvania and West Virginia streamsJanuary 14, 2015

The findings have major implications for whether stronger regulations are needed to curb water pollution from fracking and other oil and gas industry operations.

Two hazardous chemicals never before known as oil and gas industry pollutants—ammonium and iodide—are being released and spilled into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways from the booming energy operations of the Marcellus shale, a new study shows.The toxic substances, which can have a devastating impact on fish, ecosystems, and potentially, human health, are extracted from geological formations along with natural gas and oil during both hydraulic fracturing and conventional drilling operations, said Duke University scientists in a study published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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