No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

December 17, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Wastewater Disposal Policy

We all want easy answers. And the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be. Increased natural gas use can help decrease emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared to coal or oil. But these benefits mean nothing if the communities where gas is produced suffer air and water pollution.[read more]

From Poop to Plastic? New Innovations in BioPlastics

November 3, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

When making a list of the most promising new sustainability innovations, sewage probably wouldn't be the first topic that springs to mind. Let’s face it – beyond being the butt of jokes, what other good can come out of human waste? Well, one company thinks they’ve figured out how to use sewage to reduce humanity’s environmental impact and oil dependence. Wastewater treatment plants could be a gold mine in the quest to replace the petroleum used every year to make plastic for packaging. energyNOW! correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan got a whiff of how sewer sludge is being turned into sustainable plastic.[read more]

Fukushima is Japanese For “It’s Much Worse Than You Thought”

June 24, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

I’m astonished that this interview ran on CNN. I had concluded that nothing short of a China Syndrome event could make the US media mention that still unfolding disaster again. Now that we have an admission from TEPCO that there was a complete meltdown of three cores, and we’re seeing radiation pop up in the US and other places around...[read more]


Pump-As-Turbine Powered By Falling Industrial Wastewater

May 5, 2011 by Helmuth Ziegler

 As one of Europe’s largest production and research site, the Industriepark Höchst, (in Frankfurt Germany) is home to 90+ companies in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, basic and specialty chemicals, crop protection, food additives and services.The waste water these companies generate is treated in a double stage biological treatment...[read more]