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A Sustainable Solution for Oil and Gas Wastewater

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Pitt Engineers Develop Method that Can Recycle Water Used in Fracking and Drilling

Engineers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are developing a new way to reduce the environmental impact of drilling and fracking by cleaning the produced water for reuse, and it’s already being tested in Pennsylvania, Texas and North Dakota.

Membrane distillation is an emerging technology that can treat complex and highly contaminated wastewater. This project uses membrane distillation technology that enables drillers to filter and reuse the produced water in the oil and gas industry, in agriculture, and other beneficial uses.

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