Carroll County has more than 200 wells permitted for hydraulic fracturing. That's why Amy Townsend-Small, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Cincinnati, is leading a study to monitor groundwater wells at varying distances from fracking sites.
She says because Ohio is a new player in the fracking game, it's critical to gather baseline data to assess future changes.
"Natural gas is obviously a big driver of economic growth and the U.S. government is very interested in pursuing more gas drilling for energy independence,” she says. “So it looks like it may be here to stay and we want to make sure it's done safely."
Researchers will monitor methane to help determine whether it is naturally occurring or derived from natural gas.
Townsend-Small and her team will be in Carroll County tonight to speak to residents and recruit more participants for the study.Read the whole article here.
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