Volume 90 Issue 29 | p. 36 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 16, 2012

Shale Formations Connected To Aquifers

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: fracturing, methane, hydraulic fracturing, natural gas, Marcellus, shale

Pathways exist that would allow migration of methane, brines, or fracturing fluids from deep Marcellus Shale gas formations to shallow drinking water aquifers, according to a new study (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1121181109). Geologists at Duke University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, examined geochemical evidence in northeastern Pennsylvania. They found that migration of naturally occurring Marcellus . . .

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