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The research study, led by [the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s] Office of Research and Development, used natural and man-made tracers to look for evidence that fluid and gas in this area from the hydraulically fractured Marcellus Shale had migrated at least 3,800 feet upward to a gas producing zone of Upper De-vonian/Lower Mississippian age shale, midway between the Marcellus Shale and the surface.
Let me help you visualize the depths of these wells. Most water wells are 200-1,000 feet underground, while wells that undergo hydraulic fracturing can be a mile or more beneath the surface.
Researchers found that neither natural gas nor hydraulic fracturing fluid traveled upward through the rock.
The same day that the DOE report was released, a study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences found that water contamination from natural gas wells was due to faulty well construction and not by hydraulic fracturing.
These studies support what current and former Obama administration officials have said about hydraulic fracturing’s safety. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has stated, “To my knowledge, I still have not seen any evidence of fracking per se contaminating groundwater,” and former cabinet members Ken Salazar and Steven Chu have acknowledged that hydraulic fracturing is safe.
Simply put, hydraulic fracturing isn’t dangerous to water supplies. Science backs this up.
If there isn't excessive regulation, we have the ability to safely develop American's oil and natural gas abundance.