You've heard the same old, same old. Now here's the truth: Hydraulic fracturing is NOT responsible for benzene or methane contamination in drinking water.
The report, according to Kallanish Energy, was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and found hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and natural gas wells in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, is not a source of benzene or methane contamination in drinking-water wells.
The researchers looked at private and public drinking water wells in the Fayetteville, Eagle Ford and Haynesville shales, three of the biggest natural gas plays in the U.S.
The new report analyzed the presence of methane and benzene in relation to the age of the groundwater, and that allowed researchers to separate naturally occurring methane and benzene from contamination produced by leaking oil and gas wells.
The article about the findings was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
The study is the first to look at the three plays to systematically determine the presence of benzene and methane in drinking water wells near unconventional drilling areas in relation to the age of the groundwater, the federal agency said.
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