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How Dangerous is Fracking Wastewater Being Dumped Into the Gulf of Mexico?

More than 70 billion gallons of wastewater from fracking was dumped into the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014. That’s according to federal environmental officials and information garnered in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We learn more from Kristen Monsell, a staff attorney with the Houston-based Center for Biological Diversity, and […]

A fracking rig in DeWitt County, Texas. Photo: Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media.More than 70 billion gallons of wastewater from fracking was dumped into the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014. That’s according to federal environmental officials and information garnered in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

We learn more from Kristen Monsell, a staff attorney with the Houston-based Center for Biological Diversity, and discuss water safety and wastewater treatment with Rice University materials science associate professor Qilin Li.

(Above: A fracking rig in DeWitt County, Texas. Photo: Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media.)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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