Several studies have shown that groundwater contamination from fracking has happened when drillers have disregarded rules or the states have provided poor oversight and governance, writes the author. Politics, not reason, guide decisions around fracking, he says.
An 80-page study from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory found that the incidents where there had been groundwater contamination from fracking all were the result of bad drillers ignoring state regulations in Pennsylvania and Texas. This was essentially the same as the finding in a study done by Duke University in conjunction with Ohio State University, Stanford, Dartmouth and the University of Rochester. That study can be found here.
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