Volume 92 Issue 33 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 18, 2014 | Web Date: August 14, 2014

Mixed Review For Fracking Chemicals

ACS Meeting News: Study reveals that industry is using few toxic chemicals, but data gaps remain
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Climate Change, Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: fracking, environmental monitoring, chemical toxicity, natural gas

A new study exploring the scope of use and the safety of hydraulic fracturing chemicals used for enhanced oil and natural gas production has concluded that few of 90 commonly used compounds are toxic to people.

But there’s still insufficient information from the oil and gas industry to fully evaluate the safety of the chemical additives, according to the study’s lead author, environmental engineer William T. Stringfellow of the University of . . .

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