Friday, July 26, 2013

Worried about Fracking? No need.

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, says CBS News.

Although the results are preliminary (the study is still ongoing) they are a boost to a natural gas industry that has fought complaints from environmental groups and property owners who call fracking dangerous.
  • Drilling fluids tagged with unique markers were injected more than 8,000 feet below the surface, but were not detected in a monitoring zone 3,000 feet higher.
  • That means the potentially dangerous substances stayed about a mile away from drinking water supplies.
From the National Center for Policy Analysis, full article here.

In California, all of our budget woes would easily be solved by fracking, as we have enough oil recoverable by fracking that doing it would turn us into the Saudi Arabia of the West, some experts have said.  Let's get fracking.

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