Oil and Gas Wastewater Spills, including Fracking Wastewater, Alter Microbes in West Virginia Waters
February 23, 2017 08:46 AM - Todd B. Bate via Rutgers University
Wastewater from oil and gas operations – including fracking for shale gas – at a West Virginia site altered microbes downstream, according to a Rutgers-led study.
The study, published recently in Science of the Total Environment, showed that wastewater releases, including briny water that contained petroleum and other pollutants, altered the diversity, numbers and functions of microbes. The shifts in the microbial community indicated changes in their respiration and nutrient cycling, along with signs of stress.