Study Says Fracking Did Not Cause Aquifer Contamination

Law360, New York (July 10, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT) -- A study released by the National Academy of Sciences on Monday found no direct connection between hydraulic fracturing activity and contamination of shallow aquifers which supply drinking water in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.

The report, which looked at geochemical evidence in the Marcellus Shale region, concluded that pathways exist between deep underlying formations and shallow drinking water aquifers, but said that they are unrelated to any recent drilling activities and are consistent with data reported before the flood of fracking activity in the region.

While finding that...
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