Treating roads with oil and gas wastewater may spread harmful pollution

Thirteen states allow the practice to help with deicing, dust control and road maintenance

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ON THIN ICE   Wastewater from oil and gas production is one of the many liquids that towns and cities douse roadways with to keep them ice-free. But contaminants in the water can be released into the environment, a new study finds.

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