Abstract Deadline Extended

2016 UIC Conference Abstracts Due December 7

The 2016 UIC Conference, Feb. 23-25 in Denver, will feature the latest information about underground injection control. We cover UIC topics from both a technical and regulatory perspective including the most recent changes to state and federal requirements and guidance. 

Online Registration Now Open. For more information, visit  the GWPC Web site or contact Ben Grunewald at Abstract requirements can be found online or by downloading the form here.


Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule Signed Nov. 30

The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) amendments require that once every five years EPA issue a new list of no more than 30 unregulated contaminants to be monitored by public water systems (PWSs).

The fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) was signed by EPA’s Administrator on November 30, 2015 and is being submitted for publication in the Federal Register. UCMR 4 requires monitoring for 30 chemical contaminants/groups between 2018 and 2020 using analytical methods developed by EPA, consensus organizations or both. This monitoring provides a basis for future regulatory determinations and, as warranted, actions to protect public health.

Study Finds Surface Spills a Higher Risk to Groundwater Than Fracturing 

(Journal of Petroleum Technology)

Researchers at Yale University who analyzed groundwater wells in the Marcellus Shale area have determined that hydraulic fracturing is highly unlikely to be a direct source of contamination.

The 3-year study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also found that well casing failures and produced water containment ponds did not impact the groundwater samples taken during the study. The researchers concluded that the samples that tested positive for some of the same organic chemical compounds used in drilling and completion operations, but not in dangerous concentrations, resulted from accidental spills on the surface. | Full Article


Hydrologist leads global call for action on groundwater management

(SF State University)

A team of scientists led by a San Francisco State University hydrologist is calling on global leaders to work together to develop strategies for maintaining the world's crucial groundwater supplies amid escalating climate change and human development.

Groundwater is the primary source of drinking water for more than half of the world's population, according to a report issued today from the United Nations' Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change (GRAPHIC) project. But a rapid increase in groundwater extraction largely to support irrigated agricultural over the last five decades indicates a dire need for careful planning and cooperation among world leaders to avoid depleting this crucial resource, the authors write. 

The report will be presented Tuesday in Paris during the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). | Full Article

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