ICYMI: Methane Gas in Well Water Near Fracking Sites
Keep this in mind the next time Emperor Kasich touts his plan for hydraulic fracturing drilling or "fracking" in Ohio's state parks:
New research is providing some of the first scientific evidence that a controversial gas drilling technique can contaminate drinking water.
The study published Monday found potentially dangerous concentrations of methane gas in water from wells near drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania, although not in central New York, where gas drilling is less extensive.
But in an unexpected finding, the team of Duke University scientists did not find any trace of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process in 68 wells tested in Pennsylvania and Otsego County in central New York.