Friday, February 17, 2012

UT Study Finds No Link Between Fracking and Water Pollution

The University of Texas Energy Institute released a study this week concluding that there is no direct link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination.  The report notes that there have been isolated accidents and problems, but they the same problems that can occur in any drilling operation.

While the drilling industry is obviously pleased at the result of this study, it by no way ends the "discussion" over the practice of fracking.  Its own conclusions suggest are that there are inherent risks in all drilling.  As time passes and the practice of fracking is better studied, I think the debate about fracking will shift from one specifically about fracking to one about drilling in general.

With rig counts climbing and drilling coming closer to populated regions, the fear of the unknown is real, and it is not to be dismissed casually.  With all the talk about "energy independence" out there, this is not a debate that will just fade away.

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