Federal NETL Study: Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water Supplies

Real ScienceThis is a very important story that MDN has been following for more than two years. In June 2012, MDN reported the launch “out of nowhere” of a study by U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to test whether or not faults, or large cracks that sometimes exist through multiple rock layers, can create a pathway for hydraulic fracturing fluids to migrate to aquifers (see NETL Study of Faults & Fracking, Are We Being Set Up?). We were a tad skeptical at first, but we were soon reassured this is real and unbiased science (see Update on NETL Faults & Fracking Study). A year later, the preliminary data reported by NETL was encouraging (see Breaking: Obama DOE Says Study Shows Fracking Fluids Don’t Migrate). The final version of the study, more than two years in the making, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday (full copy below). What did it show? According to the headline of an AP story: “Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution”…

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