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Friday, July 19, 2013

Landmark Study Finds No Groundwater Contaminated by Fracking Chemicals

Which will fracking critics
choose on this new study?
From the Associated Press:
A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.
After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said.
Although the results are preliminary — the study is still ongoing — they are a boost to a natural gas industry that has fought complaints from environmental groups and property owners who call fracking dangerous.
Drilling fluids tagged with unique markers were injected more than 8,000 feet below the surface, but were not detected in a monitoring zone 3,000 feet higher. That means the potentially dangerous substances stayed about a mile away from drinking water supplies.
Read the whole article here.

No doubt this is an important study, but the attempts to brush it aside by fracking critics have already started.  Nothing is changing the mind of anyone who has already chosen a side on the issue at this point, no matter how much anyone on either side of the debate continues to say the science is what matters - because when science doesn't agree with their viewpoint, they will just pay for new science that does.

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