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Evaporating fracking waste water viable way of disposal, Nova Scotia report says
The Guardian October 23, 2014
HALIFAX - A pilot project in Nova Scotia that examined treated waste water from hydraulic fracturing has concluded that evaporation is a viable means of disposal.
Provincial Environment Minister Randy Delorey announced Thursday the results of the project, which disposed of two million litres of treated fracking waste water.
The project, approved in April, saw Atlantic Industrial Services ship the water from holding ponds in Debert to a Lafarge Canada cement plant in Brookfield, where it was used as a coolant at a kiln.
The waste water was treated for naturally occurring radioactive materials and filtered to remove salts before it was evaporated in the kiln at 700 degrees Celsius.
Delorey says the water was analyzed and meets guidelines from the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers and Health Canada for release into a freshwater source.
The Environment Department has received a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to remove and treat another five million litres of water at the Lafarge plant and Delorey says a decision will be announced soon.
The department says there are 10 million litres remaining in two ponds at the company's Debert site.
Triangle Petroleum also has 20 million litres of waste water in two holdings ponds in Kennetcook.
The waste water in both areas is from high-pressure hydraulic fracturing that took place in 2007 and 2008.
Former Cargill worker fined for tampering with waste-water samples
The Canadian Press October 22, 2014
Regina to investigate wastewater system: Long-term solutions for east of city
Natascia Lypny, The Leader-Post October 23, 2014
The City of Regina will investigate long-term wastewater solutions for the communities east of the city. But first, those potentially on board need to do some number crunching to see whether a regional wastewater system is affordable and if it will save money when compared to tackling this urgent issue alone.
Sticking with local solutions, a pipeline that feeds wastewater to Regina's under-construction treatment plant and a new regional plant are three east-area solutions put forth in a recently published study on the water and wastewater system capacities of the Regina census metropolitan area. A pipeline from Lumsden to Regina's plant is also being explored.
The report, presented to Regina's executive committee on Wednesday, paints a grim picture of wastewater capacity in the communities east of Regina: White City, Pilot Butte, Emerald Park and the Rural Municipality of Edenwold. Potable water was not identified as a pressing concern, although the report notes it could become so a decade or more down the road.
"We're trying to be proactive in our thinking for longer-term solutions," said Diana Hawryluk, the city's interim executive director of city planning and development. The study is the first comprehensive regional one of its kind.
Executive committee voted Wednesday to pursue entering into a memorandum of understanding with interested parties to the east of Regina to more concretely explore what a regional solution would look like and what it would cost. Mayor Michael Fougere said a number of communities expressed their interest through the first phase of the study.
"I think it's a great thing to be doing," he said. "We expect to see regional economic development, regional partnerships, and this is the best way to do it."
A second study more specific to the east would be paid for by all the communities involved, unlike this first report whose $576,000 price tag was solely fronted by the city.
"We did undertake it on our own initiative because we needed this information also to make longer-term decisions," said Hawryluk. Regina's 2015-19 utility budget requests $180,000 for the next part of this planning initiative.
The study presents wideranging construction cost estimates for the pipeline and treatment plant options: Between $35 million to $140 million for the former and $58 million to $230 million for the latter. The report says collaborating will save communities money on these infrastructure improvements and potentially incite more provincial or federal funding.
Jim Elliott, a delegate at the committee meeting, questioned why a regional study was not brought up as part of the Regina wastewater treatment plant deliberations last year.
"It does seem that the wastewater treatment plant decision was made in isolation from this broader planning, broader concerns in the region, and that's troubling," agreed Jim Holmes of Regina Water Watch on Monday,
Hawryluk has previously explained that the plant, being constructed to meet new environmental regulations and capacity needs, could not wait for the completion of the study. She also said that regional solutions will complement the plant's capacity as Regina (hopefully) grows past its planned 300,000-resident target.
City council, which is formed of all the same members as executive committee, will vote on the recommendation at its Nov. 3 meeting. email@example.com twitter.com/wordpuddle
'To Burn Off Calories in This Soda, Walk 5 Miles': Teens drank fewer sugary drinks when energy content info was converted to exercise, study found
Health Day October 16, 2014
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alerting teens about how much walking or running they would have to do in order to burn off the calories in a soda or other sugary drink might convince them to choose a lower-calorie beverage, researchers say.
Green groups lose bid to stem flow of water for natural gas fracking
Dene Moore, The Canadian Press October 16, 2014
VANCOUVER - A judge will not stop the flow of fresh water from British Columbia's lakes and rivers to hydraulic fracking operations, but did recognize the issue as a growing public concern.
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