- Fracking Chemicals could migrate toward drinking water supplies
- U.S. EPA adopts first air rules on fracking, but drillers have until 2015 to comply
- New Report by Agency Lowers Estimates of Natural Gas in U.S.
- WV Water Research Institute Videos
- Will our natural gas boom help us?
- The Coal Age Nears Its End
- Appalachia Midstream Fined for Albany Township (PA) Violations
- Report urges increase in severance taxes
Monthly Archives: May 2012
Drilling chemicals could move quickly to aquifers, study says
By Ken Ward Jr. – West Virginia Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chemicals injected into the ground by natural gas drillers could migrate toward drinking water supplies much more quickly than previously thought, according to a new study that raises questions about West Virginia’s ongoing Marcellus Shale boom.
Some scientists and industry officials have argued that thick layers of impermeable rock would keep “fracking fluids” used by modern natural gas operations tucked safety away underground, far below aquifers used for residential drinking water.