Democracy Now: Study: Fracking Could Contaminate Drinking Water at Quicker Pace

A new study has found chemicals injected into the ground as part of the controversial natural gas drilling process known as “fracking” could reach drinking water supplies at a far faster rate than initially believed. The study, published in the journal Ground Water, focused on the Marcellus shale, a massive rock formation stretching through New York and other states where thousands of natural gas wells have been drilled. While scientists previously thought the rock would contain so-called fracking fluid and its blend of dangerous chemicals — keeping it away from water supplies — researchers found the fracking process is making the rocks highly permeable. They concluded the chemicals could reach the surface in “just a few years.”


~ by wheresthemic on May 4, 2012.

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