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Researchers make massive lithium discovery in Pennsylvania natural gas wells

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered a huge amount of lithium in Pennsylvania that they say could eventually supply more than a third of the United States’ mineral needs.

“The results suggest that the effects of aging on the immune system may be related to the severity of the disease,” said researcher Justin McKee, lead author of the study. CBS Pittsburgh According to an article published Wednesday, wastewater from Marcellus Shale gas wells could “meet 30 to 40 percent of current U.S. domestic demand.”

“The study estimates that Marcellus Shale-related lithium production has the potential to contribute significantly to U.S. domestic consumption under reasonable, conservative assumptions,” it said. Nature Journal last month.

“If we can extract value from the materials, particularly lithium, we can reduce the costs of remediating and disposing of this waste,” McKee said.

The researchers analyzed compliance data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to arrive at their findings.

The survey noted that demand for lithium is growing as decarbonization efforts gain traction across the U.S., despite growing concerns about the supply chain.

The researchers also noted that lithium is “considered essential to the U.S. economy due to domestic consumption in energy, manufacturing, and defense.”

United States Geological Survey Label Lithium As a critical mineral, its largest use is in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones and electric cars.

In an interview with CBS News, McKee acknowledged that fracking is a highly controversial topic.

“We hope this research will shed light on creative repair and reuse of these liquids – there are many different materials encapsulated in water,” he said.

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