An Australian company found a water supply for one of the largest unmined coal deposits in South Africa. Resource Generation will build and operate a wastewater treatment plant in a nearby community, Mining Weekly reports. In return, the company will receive rights to the treated effluent, which will be sent through a pipeline to the mine.
The Guardian takes a look at the Desertec project, a bi-continental energy grid that would turn Saharan sunshine into electricity for Europe. The first phase will begin construction next year with a 500 megawatt solar plant in Morocco. One obstacle to scaling it up: water.
According to a draft analysis, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found methane and other chemicals associated with gas drilling in monitoring wells in Pavilion, Wyo. The chemical concentrations were below federal health standards and similar to those found in testing last year. The Wyoming study, which is being peer-reviewed after a 45-day public comment period, is separate from the agency’s broader investigation into the effects of natural gas drilling on water resources.
The United Kingdom’s Department for Environmental, Food, and Rural Affairs has published a white paper that lays out a “vision of future water management” for Britain. Parliament is expected to consider a water bill in 2012. Among the paper’s suggestions: reducing water withdrawals, using watersheds as management units, and incentivizing water efficiency.
Researchers from Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, have published a report on how to select the best land for green infrastructure projects. The report uses the Lower Fox River Basin in Wisconsin as a case study.
Brett writes about agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and the politics and economics of water in the United States. He also writes the Federal Water Tap, Circle of Blue’s weekly digest of U.S. government water news. He is the winner of two Society of Environmental Journalists reporting awards, one of the top honors in American environmental journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States(2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). He received the Sierra Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Brett lives in Seattle, where he hikes the mountains and bakes pies. Contact Brett Walton