January 14, 2013

A United States Geological Survey report released last week confirms hydraulic fracturing does not pose a serious risk to drinking water resources.

The study examined the water quality of 127 shallow domestic wells in the Fayetteville shale in Arkansas – a region with 4000 producing natural gas wells.

Report lead researcher and USGS hydrologist Timothy Kresse stated, “none of the data looked at as part of this study suggests that any groundwater contamination is resulting from natural gas production activities.”

This is the latest in a series of credible US government agency reports that have been unable to find any link between fraccing and groundwater contamination.

For a more detailed discussion of the USGS report, see this post from US website Energy In Depth.