EPA draft findings of Pavillion, Wyoming ground water investigation indicate water contamination likely associated with fracking; open for public comment and independent scientific review

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft analysis of data from its Pavillion, Wyoming ground water investigation, indicating that ground water in the aquifer contains compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing. In the report, EPA notes that water wells in the area overlie the Pavillion gas field, which has 169 production wells extracting gas from the lower Wind River Formation and underlying Fort Union Formation.

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Appalachian Basin — North (Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia): Pennsylvania State University aims to assess and catalog Northern Appalachian Basin rare earth elements and critical minerals resources and waste streams, develop strategies to recover minerals from these streams, and assess the infrastructure, industries and businesses in the Northern Appalachian Basin to determine supply chain gaps.

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DOE to leverage fossil energy expertise to develop and explore geothermal energy resources

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DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will combine efforts to have experts test and validate low temperature geothermal power generation technologies at the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) near Casper, Wyoming. The Tensleep hot water was previously treated as a waste stream. RMOTC is located within NPR-3, 35 miles north of Casper, Wyoming.

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IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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Waste heat is used to generate electricity, making Enefit shale oil plants net producers of electricity. To increase and improve the sector, Estonia is not only spending heavily on RD&D for biomass-based energy, wind and solar power, but it is also pursuing solutions such as fuel cells and electrolyzers as well as computer-based energy management technologies for buildings, power storage and grid development.