Volume 91 Issue 26 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 1, 2013

Methane Found In Drinking Water

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: methane, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, drinking water

Researchers have analyzed 141 drinking water wells across the Appalachian Plateaus of northeastern Pennsylvania, correlating natural gas concentrations and isotope signatures with proximity to shale gas wells subjected to hydraulic fracturing. Their data, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last week, suggest that people who live less than 1 km from gas wells may have drinking water contaminated with hydrocarbons that escaped from the wells (2013, DOI: . . .

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