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Fri. 10:38am: Study finds fracking chemicals didn't taint water

July 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifer......

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Jul-30-13 5:13 PM

The logic in this article and study remind me of the same logic behind most teenage pregnancies.

Sure, ok. Properly drilled gas wells. Love them, but let's ignore those for a sec.

Let's look at all the rest. What's that water taste like? What's an acceptable failure rate?

Come on, just the tip.

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Jul-25-13 4:55 PM

This little inconvenient truth was from the original article was also conveniently edited out: One finding surprised the researchers: Seismic monitoring determined one hydraulic fracture traveled 1,800 feet out from the well bore; most traveled just a few hundred feet. That's significant because some environmental groups have questioned whether the fractures could go all the way to the surface. The researchers believe that fracture may have hit naturally occurring faults, and that's something both industry and regulators don't want.

Don't drink the oil and gas industry kool-aid. Learn ALL the facts from reputable sources, not selectively quoted articles that support the propaganda machine. I can't believe our community is so blinded with dollar signs by these hucksters that people actually think the Exxons and BPs of the world are telling you the truth and have only our best interests at heart.

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Jul-25-13 4:48 PM

This AP article was heavily edited by the Trib. Here's some important stuff from the orignal story that they left out:

While the lack of contamination is encouraging, Jackson said he wondered whether the unidentified drilling company might have consciously or unconsciously taken extra care with the research site, since it was being watched. He also noted that other aspects of the drilling process can cause pollution, such as poor well construction, surface spills of chemicals and wastewater. Jackson and his colleagues at Duke have done numerous studies over the last few years that looked at whether gas drilling is contaminating nearby drinking water, with mixed results. None has found chemical contamination but they did find evidence that natural gas escaped from some wells near the surface and polluted drinking water in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Why was that cut, Trib? Doesn't fit the dril, baby, drill propaganda?

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Jul-21-13 5:24 PM

Jonathon, along with Hagan, I bet Susie isn't happy either with this study!

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Jul-21-13 8:40 AM

Boy I'll bet you "Hagan" fanatics are upset with this article, aren't you?? Oh wait, maybe that's not entirely true, the government doesn't give you a free newspaper while residing in section 8 housing, or do they??You gotta love those low information voters and readers, they are the future of America, however, I'm not too optimistic what that future will bring.

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Jul-20-13 5:05 PM

Imagine that! Another article with proof that fracking is NOT danger to the water, environment or people!

I agree FamilyGuy! I had friends that worked fracking wells clear back in the 70's ... no problems then and still no problems other than low/no info activists!

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Jul-20-13 9:08 AM

Fracking is NOT a new process.

It is just a new term to low information readers.

The Trib should run a series of articles about the history of the fracking process in other areas and the very long term safety record.

Even with history and evidence, the low information readers in the valley will still oppose the best game in town if told to do so by the out of town environmental Statists.

Facts be damed.

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Jul-19-13 3:32 PM

This is not surprising, considering that in the many decades of fracking, there has been NO evidence of any well contamination in a properly drilled gas well. See the movie Fracknation for an honest appraisal of fracking.

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