Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Duke University Researchers Found Drilling in PA Did Not Contaminate Water
A paper published Monday by Duke University researchers found that gas drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania did not contaminate nearby drinking water wells with salty water, which is a byproduct of the drilling. In the paper, which was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it says the team evaluated 426 samples of groundwater in six counties. According to Robert Jackson, director of Duke’s Center on Global Change this doesn’t match up because last year that same Duke team found evidence that methane from gas wells had contaminated drinking water in Pennsylvania. The Duke team still plans to analyze the recent water samples for evidence of fracking chemicals.