A study published Monday in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, funded in part by the National Resources Defense Council and authored by scientists at Duke University states that West Virginia’s groundwater is not being contaminated by fracking.
According to Fox News, water samples were taken from over one hundred wells located in northwestern West Virginia and tested during a three year period. Twenty of the wells had samples taken prior to hydraulic fracturing was used and the manuscript refutes environmentalist’s claims about the drilling method polluting groundwater. As it turns out, methane and salt contamination was present and occurred naturally in the northwestern part of West Virginia before fracking was used and made up of different properties than the substances used for the drilling method.
“Based on consistent evidence from comprehensive testing, we found no indication of groundwater contamination over the three-year course of our study,” explained Avner Vengosh, the professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
Dr. Vengosh did point out that wastewater spills could be dangerous to area surface water sources (such as lakes and streams). But Vengosh emphasized that, so far, groundwater is not being impacted by fracking.
Back in October, The Daily Caller reported that Duke University scientists published a manuscript showing that 92 to 96 percent of wastewater coming out of fracking wells were made up of naturally occurring brines and salts, which were extracted along with the gas and oil. Only a fraction of the wastewater included man-made chemicals.
A couple of years ago, an anti-vaccine group funded research hoping to prove that vaccines cause autism. No link was found. Now an environmentalist group helps finance a study with the National Science Foundation to explore the possibility of fracking contaminating groundwater. Fortunately, like what happened with the anti-vaccine groups, the study NRDC funded found out exactly the opposite of what they hoped. This was one of many efforts NRDC is involved in to undermine not only hydraulic fracturing but also using fossil fuels. Thankfully, they failed.
NOTE: This is an updated version of a previous post on the same subject.