Eighth Major Report Finds Water Contamination From Fracking ‘Has Not Been Observed’
Eighth Major Report Finds Water Contamination From Fracking ‘Has Not Been Observed’.
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) released its study Monday, concluding that contamination of drinking water from fracking “has not been observed in Texas.” The report noted that fracking is “highly unlikely” to contaminate drinking water aquifers, which are often far away from where the oil or natural gas is extracted.
“This study is yet another indication that the campaign to shut down fracking is based on politics, not science,” Steve Everley, spokesman, Texans for Natural Gas, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“If fracking were a credible risk to groundwater, we would know about it in Texas, which produces more oil and natural gas than any other state.
The fact that such an incident hasn’t been observed here is further confirmation that fracking is safe and well-regulated,” Everley said.
The report also noted that fracking has helped Texas’s economy and reduced energy-related emissions.
TAMEST’s study also notes that fracking has had other beneficial impacts on Texas, including making the state’s cleaner and reviving local economies.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a five-year study in 2016 that found fracking was not causing widespread groundwater contamination.
“We haven’t seen anything to show that wells have been contaminated by fracking.” A Duke University study published earlier this month and funded by the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) came to the same conclusions as TAMEST.
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