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Settled Science - No Widespread Impacts to Water from "Fracking"



Started February 15, 2017 at 08:08 pm by @Barry D in GoMarcellusShale

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Barry D
02/15/17 08:08:49PM
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Despite the continuous misinformation posted on this site, Decades of peer-reviewed studies have debunked activists and confirmed that fracking does not pose a credible threat to drinking water.

The following are quotes about the conclusions of some of the peer reviewed scientific research. I repeat SCIENTIFIC research. Unlike the drivel posted here by our beloved fractivists.

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz — who has stated many times that fracking is good for the environment and economy — said of the latter study,


“We continue to not see examples of the fracking itself, the hydraulic fracturing, compromising freshwater.”


...after five years of research, the U.S. EPA released its final study on fracking and groundwater and found no evidence of widespread contamination.

Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Yale University, 2015 (Drollette et al.): “We found no evidence for direct communication with shallow drinking water wells due to upward migration from shale horizons.”

U.S. Geological Survey, 2013 (Kresse et al.): “This new study is important in terms of finding no significant effects on groundwater quality from shale gas development within the area of sampling.”

Syracuse University, 2015 (Siegel et al.): “[T]here is no significant correlation between dissolved methane concentrations in groundwater and proximity to nearby oil/gas wells.”

California Council on Science and Technology, 2015: “We found no documented instance of hydraulic fracturing or acid stimulations directly causing groundwater contamination in California.”

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, 2016: “Evidence does not indicate that hydraulic fracturing fluids have risen to shallow depths intersected by water-supply wells.”

Groundater and Geophysical Research Letters, 2013 (Flewelling et al.): “It is not physically plausible for induced fractures to create a hydraulic connection between deep black shale and other tight formations to overlying potable aquifers, based on the limited amount of height growth at depth and the rotation of the last principal stress to the vertical direction at shallow depths.”

Dr. Amy Townsend Small, University of Cincinnati, 2015: “We never saw a significant increase in methane concentration after (the) fracking well was drilled.”

U.S. Department of Energy's National Technology Laboratory, (2014): “Current findings are 1) no evidence of gas migration from the Marcellus Shale; and 2) no evidence of brine migration from the Marcellus Shale.

Paul Heckbert
02/17/17 09:59:23PM @paul-heckbert:

Barry claimed above that the EPA's five year study "found no widespread contamination". That's not what EPA said. See the EPA's executive summary athttps://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-12/documents/hfdwa_executive_summary.pdf for their wording. A good summary is this: 

"the new report found evidence that fracking has contributed to drinking water contamination in all stages of the process: acquiring water to be used for fracking, mixing the water with chemical additives to make fracking fluids, injecting the chemical fluids underground, collecting the wastewater that flows out of fracking wells after injections, and storing the used wastewater." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/reversing-course-epa-says-fracking-can-contaminate-drinking-water.html

Note that it talks about the various phases of the fracking process. Whether you define "fracking" broadly as the whole process (drill, transport chemicals, inject to fracture,  wastewater disposal, production, distribution) or just the fracturing phase, EPA says contamination of drinking water has happened.


M.A.B.
02/17/17 11:46:25PM @mab:

So Paul, when I pee in the toilet am I contaminating drinking water?


Barry D
02/18/17 09:43:23AM @barry-d:

Paul,

You are incredible. Your statement borders on a full fledged l..

That is not what the summary says, those are your words.

I debunked this all before when you posted the first time..

As Goebbels said, and I paraphrase, ...tell a lie long enough and loud enough and people will accept it as the truth.


Barry D
02/18/17 09:57:58AM @barry-d:

This quote from the report " “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.”

I think that's a slam dunk Paul

You can twist words all you want to fit your fear mongering narrative. But facts are facts and the EPA report states “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.”


Barry D
02/18/17 09:44:35AM @barry-d:

@mab

According to the twisted thinking of fractivists you are


Barry D
02/18/17 10:15:41AM @barry-d:

Paul,

From the summary - "The goals of the study were to assess the potential for activities in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle to impact the quality or quantity of drinking water resources and to identify factors that affect the frequency or severity of those impacts."

Notice the use of the word "potential". A word you edited out of your post.

Once again, here is the conclusion of the report - "hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources."

“hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.” - See more at: http://shaleforum.com/shaleforum/group_discuss/63987/#cm606536

“hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.” - See more at: http://shaleforum.com/shaleforum/group_discuss/63987/#cm606536

“hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.” - See more at: http://shaleforum.com/shaleforum/group_discuss/63987/#cm606536

 

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