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Once upon a time, it seemed harmless to dump waste into rivers, streams, and even oceans. There wasn’t much waste, and there was lots of water to mix it with – what could be the harm? Move forward 100 years or so, add around six billion people, consider the development of industries all over the […]

Coke is fuel with a high carbon content and few impurities. It is made by subjecting coal to extremely high temperatures in airtight spaces, then “quenching,” or cooling the resulting coke. The water used to quench the coke accumulates impurities that have been released by the coal. Characteristics of the highly toxic and carcinogenic wastewater […]

The volume of water used in fracking oil and gas wells in the United States continues to increase dramatically. This is caused by a number of factors having to do with the nature of the wells and the difficulty of extraction. It is imperative that we rehabilitate fracking waste water. A paper about water use […]

According to, over a billion people do not have access to clean water.  The same site says that half of the hospital beds in the world are filled by people who are suffering from lack of water that is appropriate for use in drinking, cooking, or bathing. But here in America, we have no lack […]

Hydrocarbons are the foundation of the Modern Error (pun intended). While it has become unfashionable to support the coal and oil & gas (O&G) industries, I dare say humans would not have made multitudes of progress without them. Perhaps it’s obvious, but virtually every aspect of modern life is made possible by petroleum and petroleum-derived […]

We admit to frequently thinking people know more about subjects, with which we are familiar, than they actually do (the “Dunning–Kruger effect”). So, we are committed to writing a continuing series of posts related to energy, power, and water— and their place in the global economy and society.      

Hydraulic Fracturing is the process of jamming sand down into millions of holes and seams in a hydrocarbon formation to liberate oil and gas. The liquid media used to get the sand down in the formation is called “fracking fluid” and is mostly composed of water, with some other chemicals thrown in. While it is […]

New research from the University of Texas at Austin found that recycling produced water from hydraulic fracturing in the Permian Basin can reduce the need for large upfront water requirements and potentially reduce seismic earthquakes caused by reinjecting the water into geologic formations.