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USGS Study Shows Fracking Doesn't Harm Groundwater

May 31, 2017


USGS logoThe US Geological Survey released a study today that echoes conclusions of a list of peer-reviewed papers concluding hydraulic fracturing is not a major threat to drinking water.

After randomly sampling 116 water wells across the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville and Haynesville shale plays — and using chemical, isotopic, gas and groundwater-age tracers to thoroughly evaluate those samples — USGS researchers concluded that low concentrations of methane and benzene detected were likely naturally occurring and not attributable to shale development.

Click here to read the USGS news release.

 
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