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Fracking Chemicals could migrate toward drinking water supplies

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.

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