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Hydraulic fracturing in the news

November 15, 2011
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There has been a lot of discussion recently about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to conduct a study on hydraulic fracturing to determine what effect(s) it has on drinking water.

EPA started the study in 2010 after a request was made from Congress, and it plans to release its findings in 2012 and have a final report ready by 2014.

Hydraulic fracturing is used to get natural gas from underground. The process consists of millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand being pumped into the ground to break apart rocks, releasing the gas.

Some scientists are worried that the chemicals being released during the fracking process could potentially contaminate the groundwater or be spilled on the surface.

A recent study by the University of Texas showed that fracking doesn’t contaminate drinking water but that there seems to be more concern with surface problems.

This is an issue that the entire water treatment industry must follow and should also keep customers and staff members informed.

Here is a list of some websites that provide more information about hydraulic fracturing:

Environmental Protection Agency

Pro Publica

Hydraulic Fracturing Facts

Here are some recent stories from WaterTech e-News Daily on hydraulic fracturing:

Study by university shows fracking doesn’t contaminate drinking water

EPA announces final research plan on hydraulic fracturing

Aquifer in Wyoming contains high levels of cancer-causing compounds

Opponents of fracturing plan to show up at public meeting

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