UT study: Fracturing itself not connected to water pollution

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    Fuel Fix » UT study: Fracturing itself not connected to water pollution

    Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study done by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.

    The study, released at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, British Columbia, found that many problems ascribed to hydraulic fracturing are actually related to processes common to all oil and gas drilling operations, such as casing failures or poor cement jobs.

    The researchers also concluded that many reports of contamination can be traced to above-ground spills or other mishandling of wastewater produced from shale gas drilling, rather than from hydraulic fracturing per se, said Charles “Chip” Groat, an Energy Institute associate director who led the project.

    “These problems are not unique to hydraulic fracturing,” he said.
     
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    Regulators from across the country have confirmed that developing natural gas from shale has not resulted in emissions levels that pose a threat to human health. Similarly, they note they have never once seen a confirmed case of hydraulic fracturing causing groundwater contamination.
     
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    Won't matter to the left. They will forever hate all fossil fuels no matter what.
     
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    Inb4 OldRocks posts some of his "Conspiracy Theory" B.S.
     
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    Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin
     
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    When are they ever right about anything?
     
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    The "mishandling of wastewater produced from shale gas drilling" is a serious problem that is going to get more serious.
     
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    It doesnt have to be, as this is an issue that is tailor made for regulations mandating treatment level, transport, and control of the wastewater.

    Let the Engineer's handle it from this point.
     
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    But Matt Damon made a movie telling us otherwise......
     
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    It is an issue that is currently regulated by states, most often edequately so. Regs are continually being revised to accomodate the surge in fracking and states are capable of handling it. Yet the EPA feels that it needs to joing the fray with numerous duplicative rules.

    Will it evolve into a more serious "problem"?
    Nope.
     

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