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Why we need more transparency in fracking operations. California's Central Valley irrigated with produced water.

Fracking Needs More Transparency

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is a controversial method used to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock formations. It is controversial because it can cause big environmental problems, including poisoning local water wells. A new report looks at companies that use fracking. The joint report by As You Sow and investment advisory firm Boston Common Asset Management…

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Coal ash waste pond. Most are unlined and nearly all contaminate groundwater

Toxic Coal Ash Waste Is Contaminating U.S. Groundwater

Over 95 percent of U.S. coal ash ponds are unlined. Nearly all of them are leaking toxins into groundwater that is considered safe to drink by the EPA.

The Colorado River is a crucial source of drinking water for at least 30 million people

U.S. Companies Making a Splash In Water Resource Management

Water scarcity is a big problem in the U.S. The Colorado River supplies drinking water to 30 million Americans in seven states and Mexico, plus irrigation water for farmers. The river is drying up in places. Lake Mead in Arizona may be dry by 2021 as a result because the Colorado River supplies 97 percent of its water. The lake…

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PepsiCo Foundation Expands Access to Safe Water for More Than 22 Million People Worldwide

World Water Day 2019 Key water facts from Water.org An example of corporate efforts to help solve social and environmental challenges. A Key Factor in PepsiCo’s Broader Aim to Contribute to Positive Water Impact Purchase, NY (March 22) – PepsiCo announced today that it has helped more than 22 million people in underserved communities around the world gain access to…

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Despite Andrew Wheeler's deceptive framing of the issue, it is important to understand the direct link between water and climate, on World Water Day and every other day.

Andrew Wheeler and the Water-Climate Nexus

Andrew Wheeler has served as acting EPA Administrator since July of 2018, when things just got too scummy, forcing former administrator Scott Pruitt out of office. Wheeler was confirmed last month, formally replacing Pruitt as EPA Administrator – to the delight of ardent pro-deregulation Republicans and ire of almost everyone else. Acting to the fears expressed by many climate scientists,…

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The risks of "produced" water from oil and gas drilling leave many investors worried

Investors Ask the Oil and Gas Industry To Disclose Water Risks

The enormous amount of freshwater used fracking operations have led a group of concerned investors to launch the Water Fueling Disclosure project.

Water Efficiency for Business

Much too often the narrative for business about sustainability centers on immediate costs. Claims that it is too costly or complicated to adopt sensible strategies to increase efficiency, conserve resources, and reduce environmental impact is simply not true. This infographic, courtesy of Illinois-based Dober, shows five simple examples for improving water efficiency at low or now cost. Dober