Environmental agency found no evidence of widespread impacts
FRISCO — In a draft fracking study that was subject to a political tug-of-war even before it was released, the EPA found no evidence of “widespread, systemic” impacts to drinking water, but identified numerous weaknesses in the fracking process that could lead to contamination. Continue reading “EPA fracking study eyes drinking water impacts”→
Fracking substances found almost two miles away from faulty drilling operation
FRISCO — Scientists in Pennsylvania said they’ve been able to track pollution from fracking as the source of contamination in drinking water wells more than 1 mile from the fracked shale gas wells.
The stray natural gas and wastewater moved laterally along shallow to intermediate depth fractures to the source of the homes’ well water. The chemicals foamed from water faucets in three homes near a reported well-pad leak. The homes were sold to the gas company as part of a legal settlement in 2012, but scientists received samples before the transfer.
Research shows links between warming climate and disease
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A Canadian researcher says indigenous people around the world are among the most vulnerable to climate change. They may be increasingly susceptible to pathogen loads found in drinking water after heavy rainfall or rapid snow melt, according to the preliminary findings of Sherilee Harper, a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in Aboriginal People’s Health at the University of Guelph, who says that there has been a significant increase in the incidence of diarrhea and vomiting following these weather events.
Harper’s research is comparing how extreme weather events affect waterborne diseases in the Arctic and in southwestern Uganda, and she is finding parallels between health issues faced by indigenous groups in Uganda and those in Inuit Nunangat.
“There are a lot of similarities,” she said. “One of the most significant is caused by changes to the climate; in both places, increased temperatures and rainfall are leading to increased bacterial loads in water. This can be because of heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt, but, in each case, it leads to an increased risk of exposure to waterborne disease from both tap water and brook water.” Continue reading “Global warming increases health risks for Inuit”→
Jake Norton plans to climb the three highest peaks on each continent to raise money for improving access to water and basic sanitation
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —After scaling some of the world’s highest peaks and helping to discover the remains of George Mallory on Everest, Colorado climber Jake Norton is focusing his attention on improving access to clean water and sanitation in developing countries with a quest to climb the three highest peaks on each continent:http://www.challenge21.com.
Along the way, Norton wants to draw attention to the fact that there are nearly a billion people worldwide without access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion people without adequate toilets. He is convinced that safe water and sanitation are the most pressing global-development issues.
“I’m hoping to take the visibility of my life’s work and use it to help empower often-invisible people around the world lacking basic human needs. This is really about changing the world around us, and making sure my life and my passion serve more than just me,” Norton said. Read more at his MountainWorld blog and stay in touch with Norton via Twitter and Facebook.
“Schools, libraries and computers are all great philanthropic efforts. But if people are fetching water all day, they can’t attend school. And if they’re dying of water-related illness before they get to the school, library, or computer, nothing has really been gained. Like climbing, we’ve got to start at the most fundamental level and work our way up, one step at a time.” Continue reading “Colorado climber to focus on global water issues”→
Health officials recommend treating the water before drinking
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Local officials say the popular drinking water well on national forest lands along Highway 6, between Keystone and Arapahoe Basin is contaminated. The spring, near mile marker 218, is a routine stop for many skiers on their way to and from A-Basin, helping to quench the thirst worked up by a long day of skiing bumps on Pali.
The health department has been testing the well since 1997. For the first time, recent sampling found bacteria that can cause illness, including diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some susceptible people, the illness can become more serious.