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Category: Regulations

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

September 16, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

A new study has found that fracking didnt cause the much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania in Texas. In this article from the Associated Press, Seth Borenstein explains why faulty wells have been found to be the culprit and what the next steps are to make shale development safer. Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water By: Seth Borenstein WASHINGTON (AP) The drilling procedure called fracking didnt cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they chemically linked the tainted water to the gas wells. They then used chemical analysis to figure out when in the process of gas extraction methane leaked into groundwater. We found the evidence suggested that

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