EPA launches website to mark 40 years of the Clean Water Act

March 20, 2012 | EPA, Fracking, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil, Water

2012 is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. This year, EPA and others will highlight the tremendous progress in reducing pollution since 1972, the many milestones along the way,…

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Former RCAP staffer: Minorities pay more for water and sewer, according to study

December 6, 2011 | EPA, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Water

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Racial minorities pay systemically more for basic water and sewer services than white people, according to a study by Michigan State University researchers.This “structural inequality” is not necessarily a product of racism, argues sociologist Stephen Gasteyer,…

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The Economist: A new analysis of the temperature record leaves little room for the doubters. The world is warming

November 2, 2011 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

The Economist recently published an article that explains, in layperson's terms, recent research about global warming. The article beings: "For those who question whether global warming is really happening, it is necessary to believe that the instrumental temperature record is…

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Gates foundation launches effort to reinvent the toilet

July 20, 2011 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Water, Well

New strategy promotes adoption of safe, affordable sanitation in the developing worldKIGALI, Rwanda -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced July 19 the launch of a strategy to help bring safe, clean sanitation services to millions of poor people…

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NPR: How Much Water Is There On Earth? Magellan Would Be Shocked

June 24, 2011 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Water

Here's a fun science piece from NPR's "sciency blog":It begins:"Water feels good when we're thirsty, cools us when we're hot, looks great in a pond, a lake, a cloud. Because we ourselves are two-thirds water, we like the stuff, we're…

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The Hill: Vilsack sows seeds of change

June 8, 2011 | EPA, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

The Hill newspaper on June 3 ran a feature article on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. It begins:Tom Vilsack thought he knew a lot about the Agriculture Department from his days as a farm-state governor, but he found…

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EPA releases Re-Energizing the Capacity Development Program Report

May 4, 2011 | Drinking Water, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available a report titled "Re-Energizing the Capacity Development Program: Findings and Best Practices from the Capacity Development Re-Energizing Workgroup." This report is the product of the workgroup’s goals to better understand EPA's…

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EPA marks American Wetlands Month

May 4, 2011 | Drinking Water, EPA, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

May marks the 21st anniversary of American Wetlands Month (AWM), a time when EPA and its wetland partners across the country celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to our nation's ecological, economic, and social health. EPA and a host of…

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EPA updates web tool providing clean water violation trends and state enforcement response

March 29, 2011 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Waste, Water

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on March 24 updated data and a mapping tool designed to help the public compare water quality trends over the last two years. The web-based, interactive map includes “state dashboards” that…

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Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium to spearhead earthquake drill in April

March 14, 2011 | Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing

Last week's enormous earthquake in Japan and the ripple effects it had - a tsunami, destruction at a nuclear power plant, deaths, injuries, and humanitarian needs - heighten our awareness of our vulnerability from earthquakes in the United States again.…

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