Dartmouth Study Finds Barium Leaches Directly from Marcellus Shale

DartmouthIn December MDN called attention to a newly published study by researchers at Dartmouth College (see Dartmouth Study: Fracking Causes Toxic Metal Wastewater). In reading over the Dartmouth press announcement at that time, it appeared to us that the researchers have found evidence that plain water itself, water without extra chemicals added to it, will, under pressure a mile or more down, facilitate or somehow combine with shale and cause barium to leach out of the shale. Those same researchers have continued their work and have just published another study that builds on the earlier work. Like the earlier work, we don’t detect an agenda on the part of the researchers. This appears to us to be legitimate research that helps us better understand the chemical reactions happening a mile or more below the ground when we shoot water down there. Here’s the latest from Ivy League school Dartmouth…

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