Peer Reviewed Study Shows Hydraulic Fracturing Doesn't Harm Ground Water

A new peer-reviewed study led by researchers at Duke University and released in the journal of The Geochemical Society in April 2017 found hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking,” has not led to groundwater contamination in 112 drinking-water wells in Tyler and Hall Counties in northwestern West Virginia. 

Interestingly, the study was partially funded by the anti-fracking Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

“Based on consistent evidence from comprehensive testing, we found no indication of groundwater contamination over the three-year course of our study,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, in an accompanying press release.

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