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People with eight dental fillings may have 150 per cent more mercury in their blood: Study.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
According to a new study it has been found that people with more than eight dental fillings may have 150 per cent more mercury in their blood, increasing the risk of brain, heart and kidney damage.
Categories: Ecological News

What's in your herbal pills? Firm promises DNA testing for proof.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
One of the nation’s largest supplement makers will conduct advanced DNA testing to ensure its products contain the ingredients listed on the label.
Categories: Ecological News

House leaders agree to Flint amendment in WRDA.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
Following days of resisting to include funding to help the city of Flint in their Water Resources Development Act bill, House leaders yesterday made an about-face after hours of negotiations.
Categories: Ecological News

Atlantic City gas plant neighbors want cleanup, redevelopment.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
South Jersey Gas explained its plans for the cleanup of a former manufactured-gas plant site Tuesday night to nearby residents, many of whom hoped the large property also will be redeveloped to help the neighborhood.
Categories: Ecological News

VIDEO: America’s super polluters.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
Industrial air pollution — bad for people’s health, bad for the planet — is strikingly concentrated in America among a small number of facilities like those in southwest Indiana, according to a nine-month Center for Public Integrity investigation.
Categories: Ecological News

Some states have great health care for infants — and terrible health care for pregnant women.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
It’s well-known that there is huge variation in health care quality among states. But this new study shows that even within states, the quality of care in seemingly related areas can vary significantly, too.
Categories: Ecological News

Water tests reveal levels of chromium 6 at elevated limits in New Jersey.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
Elevated levels of chromium 6 were found in the drinking water of more than 20 towns in Bergen and Passaic Counties.
Categories: Ecological News

Tattoo ink contains cancer-causing chemicals – so why isn't it regulated?

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
The U.S. is a major global supplier of tattoo inks, and yet little data exists about their impact on our health. That’s worrying regulators in Europe.
Categories: Ecological News

Congress acts to avert government shutdown after striking deal on Flint aid.

Environmental Health News - 11 hours 26 min ago
Zika and flood funding were subject to long and detailed negotiations between majority Republicans and minority Democrats, but it was funding for Flint that threatened to push matters past the brink.
Categories: Ecological News

Sizewell B and 27 other EDF nuclear plants 'at risk of catastrophic failure'

The Ecologist Magazine - 11 hours 53 min ago
A new report finds that 28 nuclear reactors, 18 of them EDF plants in France and one at Sizewell in the UK, are at risk of failure 'including core meltdown' due to flaws in safety-critical components in reactor vessels and steam generators, writes Oliver Tickell. The news comes as EDF credit is downgraded due to a growing cash flow crisis and its decision to press on with Hinkley C.
Categories: Ecological News

Sizewell B and 27 other EDF nuclear plants 'at risk of catastrophic failure'

The Ecologist Magazine - 11 hours 53 min ago
A new report finds that 28 nuclear reactors, 18 of them EDF plants in France and one at Sizewell in the UK, are at risk of failure 'including core meltdown' due to flaws in safety-critical components in reactor vessels and steam generators, writes Oliver Tickell. The news comes as EDF credit is downgraded due to a growing cash flow crisis and its decision to press on with Hinkley C.
Categories: Ecological News

Study Links Texas Earthquakes to Wastewater Injection

Ecology Today - 13 hours 16 min ago

By Joel Bahr
Berkeley News

A new study co-authored by UC Berkeley professor Michael Manga confirms that earthquakes in America’s oil country — including a 4.8 magnitude quake that rocked Texas in 2012 — are being triggered by significant injections of wastewater below the surface of the Earth.

Shale gas drilling rig near Alvarado, Texas. Photo: David R. Tribble, CC

While there has been plenty of speculation that the alarming increase in seismic activity in states like Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas were a result of human activity, the study — which appears in the journal Science — fingers deep wastewater injections as the culprit.

“The proximity of the earthquake clusters to the injection wells suggests a link between them,” researchers explain in the report. “As wastewater is injected into the disposal formation, it increases pore pressure within the system… The increase in pore pressure caused by the injection of fluids decreases the effective normal stress on faults, bringing them closer to failure.”

The study details how Manga and his colleagues used interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) and GPS to detect small — no more than a few millimeters — but significant increases in surface elevation near four wells in East Texas. The surface uplift is likely the product of an increase in pore pressure — the pressure of fluids in the soil or rock below ground — caused by wastewater injections.

Wastewater injection wells exist because processes of extracting oil and natural gas from the Earth also yields a tremendous amount of water as well, sometimes exceeding 10 times more water than oil. The water that is extracted is saline and contaminated, and safe disposal of it is somewhat challenging. The water is too toxic to be introduced back into the water table, so the current disposal solution is re-injecting it back underground through these disposal wells. The four wells observed in this study became functional between 2005 and 2007 and have injected roughly 1 billion gallons of water back below ground.

“One way to think of it is like having a balloon underground,” said Manga. “As water is injected below the surface, the balloon expands, which increases the pressure that plays a role in triggering earthquakes.”

The study examined two wells that injected water a little more than a mile below ground, and two that injected water at about half that depth. The depth that the wastewater is disposed of, or the placement of the pressure balloon, plays a significant role in seismic activity.

Researchers found that there was detectable ground uplift in the area surrounding the two shallower wells where the water was being injected above a large, impermeable layer of rock. The increase in pressure was enough to distort surface elevations, but did not clearly factor in triggering earthquakes.

The two deeper wells injected water below this layer. Hundreds of millions of gallons of water were injected below this layer band of impermeable rock, ultimately having an impact on the pressure of “basement rock,” an area more than a mile below the surface where earthquakes form. As pore pressure rose, it sparked activity on an old fault in 2012. Tremors subsided by the end of 2013, when wastewater injections were reduced significantly.

“The findings are significant because they help us understand where earthquakes will happen, why they happen in some places and not others, and when they’ll happen again in the future,” said Manga.

Categories: Ecological News

How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline

Yes! Magazine - 18 hours 26 min ago
Here are CEO names, emails, and phone numbers—because banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to.
Categories: Ecological News

NJ TRAIN WRECK: Is this a false flag to change the narrative or delay the election? Analysis says no, it's just an accident

Natural News - 19 hours 26 min ago
(NaturalNews) MY HEART GOES OUT to those injured in this morning's NJ train accident. My hope for all Americans is that we can all live in a safer, more just and more free society.On September 18th, I predicted the unleashing of a massive false flag attack against America's transportation...

Vaccines containing aluminum shown to cause neurological damage

Natural News - 19 hours 26 min ago
(NaturalNews) According to the Food and Drug Administration, the amount of aluminum in modern vaccines that infants are exposed to in their first year is about 4.225 mg, which the agency considers to be low, and thus safe. But some experts believe that there are vaccines being given...

Scientists claim they can now make babies without female eggs

Natural News - 19 hours 26 min ago
(NaturalNews) In a move that is casting some serious doubt on assumptions about reproduction that have been held for centuries, scientists have just managed to breed mice without the need for fertilized eggs.The team of embryologists at the UK's University of Bath injected sperm...

Email leaks: Top government positions were SOLD to those who funneled money to the DNC

Natural News - 19 hours 26 min ago
(NaturalNews) Meet Matthew Barzun, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Sweden. Barzun bought his ambassadorship, paying more than $3.5 million to the DNC and Obama's Organizing for Action nonprofit from 8-21-2009 to the present. This is how the government has been operating...

Lead developer of HPV vaccine admits it's a giant, deadly scam

Natural News - 19 hours 26 min ago
(NaturalNews) An expert involved in the approval process for the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, is speaking out about the dangers and why you shouldn't risk your child's health in getting them.Diane Harper, M.D., professor and chair of the department...

Cancer healing - A natural alternative

Natural News - 19 hours 26 min ago
(NaturalNews) By the end of 2016, the American Cancer Society estimates that cancer will have claimed over 595,000 lives: that's 1,630 people per day, in this year alone - making cancer second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. In addition, over...

Glyphosate in soybeans and other foods has now reached 'extreme' levels while the USDA and FDA do nothing

Natural News - 19 hours 26 min ago
(NaturalNews) Glyphosate – the cancer-causing active ingredient found in Monsanto's Roundup weed-killer product – has been found to be present at "extreme" levels in soybeans, and is presumably also present at high levels in other foods, since glyphosate-based herbicides...
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