Hydraulic Fracturing and the Water Environment


Hydraulic fracturing to obtain oil and natural gas has had a very positive impact on making the United States energy independent.  However, there are water related issues associated with the hydraulic fracturing process such as: water withdrawals; groundwater contamination associated with well drilling and production; wastewater management; truck traffic and its impacts on water quality; surface spills and leaks; and stormwater management.  Two of the most critical issues are water withdrawals and wastewater management.
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My Mom and Proof of Reasonable Risk Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing


Often faced with one of her children’s’ tortured explanations, my mother would quip, “well, anything is possible.” In the same breath, she would quickly add, “but is it likely?” With regard to hydraulic fracturing, and the recent, largely unsupported claims associated with seismicity, I would add, “even if it is possible, is the risk significant/”
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Environmental Groups Have Lost the War Against Fracking


Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique to remove natural gas and oil from shale formations, has been under withering assault from environmental groups for much of the last decade. Fracking has been blamed for contamination of drinking water, air pollution, earthquakes, water shortages, global warming, radiation discharge, and even cancer. But it appears that environmentalists have lost the battle against fracking.
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