Unplugged: Pennsylvania faces a new wave of abandoned oil and gas wells

A network of wells, tanks, pipelines, pump houses and roads cut into the Allegheny National Forest in Elk County to harvest $350 million worth of oil. What worries state and federal environmental regulators isn't the project's growth but its death.

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Beyond fracking: Oil-and-gas industry's toxic waste is radioactive

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America.


Toxic, briny water surfaces in Oklahoma. Is oil to blame?

Contaminated brine bubbling from the ground in Oklahoma could endanger groundwater and highlights the challenge for an oil and gas industry running out of places to dispose of waste.


The world can make more water from the sea, but at what cost?

Worldwide, desalination is increasingly seen as one possible answer to problems of water quantity and quality that will worsen with global population growth and climate change. But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.


‘I want them to have justice’: Inside the fight to save the Shubenacadie River

In Nova Scotia, water protectors have fiercely opposed a gas company’s plans for a decade, helped by a celebrity supporter.

A legacy of salt contamination draws attention, research to Bottineau County oil fields

Wildcatters first hit oil here in the 1950s, bringing jobs to the region but also scarring the farmland by dumping brine into evaporation pits dug into fields.


Desalination has a waste problem

Brine production is 50 percent higher than was assumed a United Nations study finds.
Desalination plant outfall at San Ramón (Credit: Alan Harper/flickr)

Desalination plants are on the rise—so is their salty, chemical waste

The rise of desalination plants, now almost 16,000 worldwide, has led to a glut of brine waste—much of which is dumped into oceans, which can raise salinity to dangerous levels and put toxic chemicals in the marine environment threatening ocean life, according to a new study.

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Chile renews contract with lithium company criticized for damaging wetland

In the heart of the driest desert in the world, a company currently sanctioned for half a dozen environmental infractions continues to mine reserves of one of the most coveted commodities on Earth.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

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