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Wastewater Disposal from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Degrades Stream Quality at a West Virginia Injection Facility

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Science & Technology, May 2016
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Title
Wastewater Disposal from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Degrades Stream Quality at a West Virginia Injection Facility
Published in
Environmental Science & Technology, May 2016
DOI 10.1021/acs.est.6b00428
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Authors

Denise M. Akob, Adam C. Mumford, William Orem, Mark A. Engle, J. Grace Klinges, Douglas B. Kent, Isabelle M. Cozzarelli

Abstract

The development of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) resources has rapidly increased in recent years; however, the environmental impacts and risks are poorly understood. A single well can generate millions of liters of wastewater, representing a mixture of formation brine and injected hydraulic fracturing fluids. One of the most common methods for wastewater disposal is underground injection; we are assessing potential risks of this method through an intensive, interdisciplinary study at an injection disposal facility in West Virginia. In June 2014, waters collected downstream from the site had elevated specific conductance (416 µS/cm) and Na, Cl, Ba, Br, Sr and Li concentrations, compared to upstream, background waters (conductivity, 74 µS/cm). Elevated TDS, a marker of UOG wastewater, provided an early indication of impacts in the stream. Wastewater inputs are also evident by changes in (87)Sr/(86)Sr in stream water adjacent to the disposal facility. Sediments downstream from the facility were enriched in Ra and had high bioavailable Fe(III) concentrations relative to upstream sediments. Microbial communities in downstream sediments had lower diversity and shifts in composition. Although the hydrologic pathways were not able to be assessed, these data provide evidence demonstrating that activities at the disposal facility are impacting a nearby stream and altering the biogeochemistry of nearby ecosystems.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 3%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 109 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 22%
Researcher 21 19%
Student > Master 19 17%
Student > Bachelor 10 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 7%
Other 16 14%
Unknown 14 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 31 27%
Engineering 22 19%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 13 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 6%
Chemistry 6 5%
Other 14 12%
Unknown 20 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 62. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 May 2022.
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#549,556
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#25
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