UT Arlington: Fracking doesn’t affect groundwater

In 2016, the University of Texas Arlington released a study finding there is no link between water contamination and oil and natural gas production. The study took place over the course of thirteen months, confirming once again that fracking is a safe way to address America’s energy needs.

In 2015, the EPA also found there was “no evidence of widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water” as a result of the fracking process.

…there is no evidence of widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources as a result of hydrofracking activities.

—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2015)

Yale News reported that, “in the largest study of its kind,” Yale University “found no evidence that trace contamination of organic compounds in drinking water wells near the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania came from deep hydraulic fracturing shale horizons, underground storage tanks, well casing failures, or surface waste containment ponds.”

Here in Colorado, tough regulations ensure responsible energy development. CSU Civil and Environmental Professor Ken Carlson has said Colorado’s cutting-edge environmental protections and mandatory groundwater monitoring program have kept our water supply safe throughout the entire oil and natural gas development process.. In fact, scientists and researchers from governmental organizations, universities, and nonprofits confirm that fracking does not contaminate groundwater.


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