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16 July 2011

Woodland Mortality from Land Application of Waste Hydrofracturing Fluid

The latest issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality contains a peer-reviewed research paper documenting the effects of flowback hydrofracturing fluid on a wood lot. The results reported in Land Application of Hydrofracturing Fluids Damages a Deciduous Forest Stand in West Virginia (Mary Beth Adams, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station in Parsons, WV) indicate the effects of a June 2008 “frack water” dosing were swift and noticeable. From Adams: …


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7 July 2011

USGS Raises World Lithium Estimate

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni (Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons). As a college student around 1976 I took a general ecology class taught by Jim Strayer. There was much discussion of non-renewable resources and the inevitable prospect of running out of gas. We’d already experienced gas shortages in 1973-74. Mr. Strayer wanted us to think forward and prepare for significant changes in our consumer lifestyle. At some point, someone suggested electric cars …


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27 December 2010

Tar Sands, Phosphorus, and Playing Chess with Gorillas

Athabasca River – Grand Rapids (Photo David Dodge, Pembina Institute) Under Pressure An unexpected surface discharge of brine has prompted a call for better groundwater mapping in Canada. Renowned limnologist David Schindler recently had this to say following the discovery of brine seeping up into a mined-out tar sand basin: “Concerns over the poor mapping of groundwater in the area have been voiced for many years, and this is an …


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