Category Archives: Government, Academic and Industry Studies and Reports

Researchers: An Unlikely “Romance” to Decrease the Radioactivity of Fracking Wastewater

Duke University researchers believe that mixing the wastewater from fracking operations with the hazardous drainage from mining operations, or any other salty water, may decrease the radioactivity of the fracking wastewater.  By blending fracking wastewater from the Marcellus shale with acid drainage from mines, researchers had hypothesized that the salts, metals, and radium would combine so they could be removed as solids, leaving behind water clean enough to be used in another fracking operation.  After two days, they examined the chemical and radioactive levels of …

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EPA Extends Deadline for Public Comment to November 15

EPA LogoThe EPA has extended the public comment period to further inform EPA’s on-going research “on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing” to November 15, 2013.  The EPA’s forthcoming progress report will examine the EPA’s examination of the interplay between fracking and drinking water.  It is expected to be released and peer reviewed in 2014. According to the federal register, the EPA is seeking up-to-date literature from the public to further inform its preliminary findings: the EPA is soliciting relevant data and scientific literature specific to…

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New Duke Study: Link Exists Between Proximity to Fracking Well and Methane

duke[1] Duke University professors released a third study, this time linking the proximity to a fracking well with groundwater.  The study analyzed 141 drinking  wells across northeastern Pennsylvania, examining concentrations of methane, ethane, and propane (three components of natural gas) as related to proximity to fracking wells.   Methane was detected in 82% of drinking water samples, with average concentrations six times higher for homes with one kilometer of a fracking well.  Ethane levels were 23 times higher in homes within one kilometer of a…

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New Academic and Government Study Finds No Groundwater Contamination In Arkansas

“Our results show no discernible impairment of groundwater quality in areas associated with natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in this region,” began professor Avner Vengosh, of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.  The study, jointly undertaken by Duke University and the United States Geological Survey, specifically involved testing of 127 shallow drinking water wells in the Fayettevill Shale.  The scientists were looking for elements of hydrocarbons and other trace elements.  They ultimately found very low concentrations of methane in the water which did…

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New United Kingdom Study Finds That Fracking Not A Cause of Earthquakes

logounidurham-newDurham University scientists have studied and found that hydraulic fracturing is not a cause of earthquakes.  The study, entitled “Induced Seismicity and the Hydraulic Fracturing of Low Permeability Sedimentary Rocks” specifically concludes after extensive study that fracking  has only caused significant tremors in three cases. According to Professor Davies: “In almost all cases, the seismic events caused by hydraulic fracturing have been undetectable other than by geoscientists. It is also low compared to other manmade triggers.  Earthquakes caused by mining can range from a magnitude…

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