Pennsylvania fracking sites are not hurting water supply, studies say

Pennsylvania fracking sites - Fracking for shale gas

Groundwater supplies do not appear to be compromised from hydraulic fracturing. It has long been the worry of many scientists, environmental groups and residents who live near Pennsylvania fracking sites, that the drilling for shale gas would produce dangerous water pollution. Recently, two studies proved otherwise. Methane spikes in water wells not caused by drilling and fracking. A Yale University study newly published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that methane, which spiked in tested water wells near Pennsylvania fracking sites, was not due to…

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Chemicals used in fracking found in Pennsylvania Drinking Water

Study finds chemical compounds used for hydraulic fracturing in household drinking water. According to the findings of a study recently published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, trace amounts of 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE), a chemical compound used in drilling fluid (and can also be found in cosmetics and household paint), were found in the drinking water of three Pennsylvanian homes; a finding which only adds to the growing concern that fracking poses risks to public health. The three homes are located near gas wells in the Marcellus Shale.…

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Fracking wells are being blamed for health problems in the US

People who live near hydraulic fracturing operations are two times as likely to report health issues, says new study. According to the findings of a random survey that was led by Yale University and involved 492 people in 180 households in southwestern Pennsylvania with ground-fed water wells, 39% (almost two of every five) of those who live less than 1 kilometer (km) from a natural gas fracking well reported upper respiratory problems compared to 18% who lived more than 2 km away from wells. Skin problems were also reported by…

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