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New Fracking Research:

Disputes a fundamental industry claim.

Michael Kelley | Jul. 10, 2012, 11:04 AM | 1,509 | 16

A recent study has found that, contrary to previous industry belief, fracking for natural gas under Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania may lead to harmful gas or liquids flowing upward and contaminating drinking-water supplies. These chemicals may include carcinogens, and have been modeled to move towards water supplies faster than experts have previously predicted. Despite economic booms initiated by the practice of hydraulic fracking (in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into deep shale formations to crack the rock and free trapped gas), the potential hazards of fracking, including air pollution, have been highly publicized. Read more:

Fracking debate at Aspen Ideas Fest: Audience decides that fracking does more harm than good.

The Colorado Independent | By Troy Hooper Posted: 07/06/2012 5:02 pm

If the hazards of fracking weren’t publicized enough, a recent event led an increased percentage of an audience to acknowledge that the detriments of fracking outweigh the benefits, caused by an argument spearheaded by the lack of long-term economic sustainability of fracking. Opponents argue that fracking reduces American reliance on foreign oil, while some support the push towards a balanced approach.  Read more about it here:

Marcellus Shale Fracking Wastewater Harmful

By News Staff | May 9th 2012 04:35 PM

A new paper by Natural Resources Defense Council says hydraulic fracturing (fracking) generates massive amounts of polluted wastewater in in the Marcellus Shale that threatens the health of drinking water supplies, rivers, streams, and groundwater. Furthermore, it states that federal and state regulations have not kept pace with the dramatic growth of fracking and must be strengthened to reduce the risks of health issues throughout the Marcellus region. The liquids used in the hydraulic fracturing process consist primarily of water, either fresh or recycled, along with chemicals used to modify the water’s characteristics and sand or other agents, referred to as “proppants,” that hold open the fractures in the formation. The chemicals are most often the dangerous components, and wastewater, flowback and production phase water contain potentially harmful constituents. Read more about it here:

Even Landfills Don’t Want Fracking Fluid Waste

Rob Wile | Jun. 18, 2012, 1:00 PM |469 | Flickr/eggroll

Kansas landfills near a fracking site have declined to take in the drilling fluid waste, citing a blanket ban on liquids that cannot be contained. Meanwhile, New Jersey voted last week to ban the transport of fracking wastewater into the state.

Geochemical evidence for possible natural migration of Marcellus Formation brine to shallow aquifers in Pennsylvania

The debate surrounding the safety of shale gas development in the Appalachian Basin has generated increased awareness of drinking water quality in rural communities. Geochemical evidence from northeastern Pennsylvania has been found, showing that pathways, unrelated to recent drilling activities, exist in some locations between deep underlying formations and shallow drinking water aquifers. The occurrences of saline water do not correlate with the location of shale-gas wells and are consistent with reported data before rapid shale-gas development in the region. However, the presence of these fluids suggests conductive pathways in northeastern Pennsylvania that are at increased risk for contamination of shallow drinking water resources, particularly by fugitive gases, because of natural hydraulic connections to deeper formations. Read more about it here:

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