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From Farmers Union Canal Stakeholders: Antibiotic resistance spread through treated sewage effluent from municipal wastewater treatment plants: it can be a real problem: "Antibiotics are released into sewage systems via human excretions. Since most of them are recalcitrant to conventional biological treatment in urban wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), there is an increased possibility of transmission to the receiving environment and crops irrigated with treated wastewater, either in the form of the parent compounds or transformation products. WWTPs are hubs for the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) and transmission of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and other mobile genetic elements. However, their potential uptake by treated wastewater-irrigated crops is still largely unexplored. ... "Our work led to various interesting findings including the fact that exogenous bacteria thriving in wastewater can reside in soil for a long time,” emphasises project coordinator Despo Fatta-Kassinos of the University of Cyprus. “Specific mobile ARGs are strongly…

"Most shale oil wells drilled in the United States are unprofitable at current oil prices, Rystad Energy has warned. The Norwegian consultancy said... that drilling new wells would be loss-making for more than 100 companies. ...The nature of shale oil wells: ...they are... quick to run out of oil, so drillers need to keep drilling new ones to maintain production. ...'This could turn out to be one of the greatest shocks ever faced by the oil industry, as coronavirus containment measures will add to the headache of producers fighting for market share.'" oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Only-5-Shale-Drillers-Are-Still-Profitable-At-31-Oil.html

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Heads up, people of Boise and points west...

"The quakes were the latest of MORE THAN 200 to hit Oklahoma SINCE FEB. 5, according to a statewide map. ...'Swarms are usually short-lived, but they can continue for days, weeks, or sometimes even months,' geologists say." Remember that a few years back, Oklahoma had virtually -no- earthquakes? - then there was fracking and wastewater injection... and more than 200 -in a month-... www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article240954011.html

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"Hundreds of Colorado oil, gas and mining operators have not been reporting the full extent of their business operations to regulators, depriving the state of an unknown amount of tax revenue, according to a new audit released Tuesday. ...In just one example the audit highlighted, an operator failed to submit more than 1,100 reports. ...'(Severance tax) money is critical for local governments, and is intended to be used for infrastructure projects in communities impacted by the extraction industry.'" www.kunc.org/post/colorado-missed-out-unknown-amounts-oil-and-gas-tax-money-audit-finds#stream/0

"The Earth’s crust is...peppered with radioactive elements that concentrate deep underground in oil-&-gas-bearing layers, ...often pulled to the surface when oil & gas is extracted - carried largely in the brine. 'A lot of guys are coming up with cancer, or sores & skin lesions that take months to heal...' [a brine trucker] says. [He] experiences regular headaches & nausea, numbness in his fingertips & face, and 'joint pain like fire. ...It’s all over your hands, and inside your boots, and on the cuticles of your toes, and any cuts you have...'. 'All oil-field workers... are radiation workers.'" www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/oil-gas-fracking-radioactive-investigation-937389/

Rocky Barker, special to the Idaho Statesman, interviewed 1-21-2020, says that Snake River Oil & Gas "Group" (LLC)'s Richard Brown, taking over from Alta Mesa (AM Idaho), is "hoping to get the pipeline for their Willow Creek processing plant tied into the 2 wells that are actually -right in- Fruitland." Brown has been a minority stakeholder in AM Idaho from the get-go and, according to Barker, actually brought Alta Mesa into the state. Stay tuned for more local gas&oil fun and games, with various recycled players, in 2020... www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/controversy-stoking-idahos-oil-and-gas-industry

Some very good alternative energy news from Australia: "Monash Univ. researchers are on the brink of commercialising the world's most efficient lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery, which could outperform current market leaders by more than four times... and could transform the way phones, cars, computers and solar grids are manufactured in the future. ...[The technology is] simple and extremely low-cost to manufacture, using water-based processes, and can lead to significant reductions in environmentally hazardous waste." techxplore.com/news/2020-01-supercharging-tomorrow-team-world-efficient.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly-nwletter

"Conservative estimates put U.S. direct subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at roughly $20 billion per year; with 20% currently allocated to coal and 80% to natural gas & crude oil. ...Designed to lower the cost of fossil fuel production & incentivize new domestic energy sources, (t)oday, U.S. taxpayer dollars continue to fund many fossil fuel subsidies that are outdated, but remain embedded within the tax code... (a)t a time when renewable energy technology is increasingly cost-competitive... (and) fossil fuel subsidies are actually increasing." www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-fossil-fuel-subsidies-a-closer-look-at-tax-breaks-and-societal-costs

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