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Department of Energy study: Fracking chemicals didn't taint water


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  • mkhunt steubenville, OH
    July 21, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    There is a problem with honesty in academia. The study by Dr. Charles "Chip" Groat was found to have been a false pro-drilling study which falsely claimed there was no water contamination. Dr Groat is no longer at the university..but he was rewarded with quite a large financial gain for what he did and the study was quoted widely until disproved.The promises of the nuclear industry(some of the same companies are involved in this also)resulted in cancers and death.Energy and power can be very attractive to some.At what cost is this being done? Here we have proven water contamination with acrylonitrile, benzene and other carcinogens in the water far from the well following the drilling. the water travels under ground. Surface disposals into creeks, rivers and illegal dumping down old mines etc. has further endangered the innocent. Road and bridge destruction results from the heavy rigs and trucks. Accidents from the drivers falling asleep, the brakes not being maintained, drugs, prostitution and crimes of assault, burglary and fraud are very serious problems that accompany the workers.Water is life itself.the gas has been promised to China.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 19, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    @Beaver Native--So many times we've been lied to by the media, and political leaders.

    We'll be fooled again, and fracking will be regulated to the point where we'll stay dependent on foreign oil.

    All through history, societies have been deceived, and never been able to sustain honest leaders with character.

  • Beaver Native Garland, UT
    July 19, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Glad to see the study, no matter what the outcome. Better to act on evidence than unsubstantiated claims. Even then, it admitted that contamination can occur via surface spills and poorly-designed wells, and I'll wait for more studies to substantiate or disagree with the results before I decide whether or not fracking is safe.

    Clearly, contamination has taken place in some areas where fracking occurred. If the contamination did not come as a result of activities related to fracking, we need to determine the sources and causes of the contamination.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 19, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Exactly what this liberal was hoping for. Fracking good news.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 19, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Enviromentalist now have something else to worry about. It's Crazy!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 19, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    LDS Tree-Hugger, do you understand the slightest bit about what fracking is and does? Any displacement of rock is taking place 8000-10000 feet below the surface....nothing within miles of the water table is being dislodged. The only disturbance to any materials in the water table is from the hole that is drilled where a pipe is laid to transport water down to the depth where fracking will occur. This is no different than what happens when a conventional well is drilled, which is why there is no impact from fracking on aquifiers.

    I advise you turn off MSNBC and truly learn about the technology.

  • RDLV Costa Rica, 00
    July 19, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    re:LDS Tree-Hugger
    As a geologist I am neither for nor against fracking, that would depend on the circumstance. I am, however, very interested in exactly what “other impurities” are dislodged into the water. Are you concerned about impurities dislodged within the aquifer or impurities dislodged from the fracking horizon?

  • LDS Tree-Hugger Farmington, UT
    July 19, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    It never was the chemicals used for fracking,
    it was that fracking dislodges of other impurities into the water that is the problem.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Sorry liberals, not what you were hoping for.