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Fracking risks highlighted once again in new study on groundwater

Posted By Rob Schofield On August 9, 2013 @ 10:27 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

There’s yet another disturbing fracking story worth reading — this one from the good people at Pro Publica [1]:

“A recently published study [2]by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.

While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying fracking to arsenic contamination. An internal Environmental Protection Agency PowerPoint presentation recently obtained by the Los Angeles Times [3] warned that wells near Dimock, Pa., showed elevated levels of arsenic [4] in the groundwater. The EPA also found arsenic [5] in groundwater near fracking sites in Pavillion, Wyo., in 2009 — a study the agency later abandoned [6].”

Click here to read the entire story [1]. Let’s hope Gov. McCrory and his Commerce Secretary [7] check it out as well.

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URLs in this post:

[1] this one from the good people at Pro Publica: http://www.propublica.org/article/new-study-finds-high-levels-of-arsenic-in-groundwater-near-fracking-sites

[2] study: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es4011724

[3] recently obtained by the Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-epa-dimock-20130728,0,4847442.story

[4] elevated levels of arsenic: http://www.propublica.org/article/so-is-dimocks-water-really-safe-to-drink

[5] found arsenic: http://www.propublica.org/article/epa-chemicals-found-in-wyo.-drinking-water-might-be-from-fracking-825

[6] later abandoned: http://www.propublica.org/article/epas-abandoned-wyoming-fracking-study-one-retreat-of-many

[7] his Commerce Secretary: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/08/02/one-area-in-which-we-ought-to-wish-the-right-wing-was-prevailing/

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