DOE Study Says No Groundwater Pollution At Pa. Fracking Site

Law360, New York (July 19, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT) -- Preliminary results of a U.S. Energy Department study indicate that hydraulic fracturing operations at a western Pennsylvania drilling site in the Marcellus Shale haven't contaminated area groundwater, the agency said Friday, boosting industry claims that the practice is safe.

However, the DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, which is conducting the study, cautioned that it isn't ready to definitively say that fracking at the drilling site hasn't caused any groundwater contamination.

"We are still in the early stages of collecting, analyzing and validating data from...
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