The Stream, August 14: A Pipeline for Fracking Water

U.S. Water
An energy company based in Denver, Colorado plans to build a 129-kilometer (80-mile) pipeline to transport water from the Ohio River to hydraulic fracturing sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, The Wall Street Journal reported. The pipeline—which would cut down truck traffic and water costs for drilling operations—would include an intake pipe with the capacity to withdraw 18,000 cubic meters (4.8 million gallons) of water per day from the river.

After more than two decades of litigation involving shared water resources in the Apalachicola River Basin, Florida is again suing Georgia—this time for depriving downstream Florida oyster beds of necessary fresh water, Reuters reported. Georgia’s governor dismissed the lawsuit as “frivolous”.

Nuclear Energy
Creating an underground “ice wall” is the latest tactic being considered to stop contaminated groundwater leaking from Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea, Bloomberg News reported. The wall, if it is built, will not be completed until 2015.

Climate Change
An analysis of United Nations programs aimed at helping farmers adapt to climatic changes, such as more erratic and intense rainfall, found that there is no “one size fits all” method, AlertNet reported. Projects range from soil conservation techniques to varying crop selection, while also encouraging more sustainable agricultural policies.

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