Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Oil industry: Fracking can't harm groundwater. Really?

Whenever anyone asks if carcinogenic chemicals used in the gas-drilling process called hydrofracturing--or fracking--pose a risk to groundwater, the oil industry's answer is always immediate and unequivocal.

No, the industry representative will tell you. There's never been such as case.

Actually, it turns out there has been a documented case of fracking fluids contaminating a drinking well.

And there may be others hidden from public view by legal settlements.

The New York Times reports today that researchers have been unable to investigate "many suspected cases because their details were sealed from the public when energy companies settled lawsuits with landowners."

“I still don’t understand why industry should be allowed to hide problems when public safety is at stake,” said Carla Greathouse, the author of the E.P.A. report that documents a case of drinking water contamination from fracking. “If it’s so safe, let the public review all the cases.”

Read the entire story at: One Tainted Water Well, and concern there may be more  

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