Government Study (Once Again) Shows Fracking Does Not Harm Drinking Water

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Hat/Tip to Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller.

File this one under “you’ll never hear this on the evening news.”

The Energy Department has released a study that once again shows that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is not harming drinking water supplies in the Marcellus Shale region.

The DOE’s report found no evidence that fracking fluid or natural gas migrated into drinking water aquifers. The report found that “fracture growth ceased more than 5,000 feet below drinking water aquifers and there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale.”

Not only was the Department of Energy thorough in their investigation of fracking, but this is the second time they’ve come to the same conclusion.

Researchers with the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) used tracers to look for evidence that fluid and gas from fractured shale had migrated the 3,800 feet upward into the “Upper Devonian/Lower Mississippian age shale” — the area midway between the surface and the Marcellus shale.

NETL researchers detected “microseismic signals that were at least “2,000 feet beneath the Upper Devonian/Lower Mississippian gas field, and more than 5,000 feet below drinking water aquifers.” Researchers collected gas samples from the “Upper Devonian/Lower Mississippian” gas field 2 months prior to fracking activity and up to 8 months afterwards.

“Monitoring of the Upper Devonian gas field up to 5 months following fracturing produced no evidence of fluid migration,” according to NETL’s report.

This is the second time DOE has exonerate fracking of contaminating drinking water supplies. NETL found no evidence of drinking water contamination in a 2013 study of Pennsylvania gas wells. The Environmental Protection Agency has failed to link fracking to groundwater contamination on three separate occasions.

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Leave it to the left to twist themselves into a pretzel in order to spin this report into an “urgent” call for a ban on fracking.

The anti-fracking group Food & Water Watch (FWW) put out a report calling for a ban on the drilling process because of its harmful effects on public health and the environment. FWW first called for a fracking ban in 2011.

“We first made the case for a ban on fracking in 2011, but this new report shows that there is an urgent case for a ban,” writes FWW President Wenonah Hauter in the report. “The evidence is in, and it is clear and overwhelming. Fracking is inherently unsafe, cannot be regulated and should be banned. Instead, we should transition aggressively to a renewable and efficient energy system.”

So even though it has been scientifically proven more than once that fracking is NOT a threat to the environment, the left still has their head in the sand when it comes to this issue.

But environmentalist claims that fracking is contaminating water supplies and releasing tons of toxic substances have not been confirmed by state and federal regulators.

For example, a recent report found that faulty well construction, not hydraulic fracturing is to blame for incidents of water contamination in Pennsylvania and Texas. A team of experts from universities including, Duke University, Stanford and Dartmouth took samples from 130 wells where there was suspected water contamination. USA Today reports the researchers found that “methane was neither naturally occurring nor the result of hydraulic fracturing.”

“Our data clearly show that the contamination in these clusters stems from well-integrity problems such as poor casing and cementing,” Thomas Darrah, who led the research team while he was a scientist at Duke University, told USA Today.

“These results appear to rule out the possibility that methane has migrated up into drinking water aquifers because of horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing, as some people feared,” echoed Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke.

Read the full story here.

 

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Attention Ohio Voters: President Obama Killed 200,000 Jobs in Your State

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While the President wants Ohioans to vote for him,  Obama killed 200,000 jobs for those same citizens…

First, it was 20,000 jobs the Obama Administration delayed by punting a decision to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada into the United States. Multiply that number by 10 and you have the amount of jobs the President is putting on hold by delaying a mineral lease sale in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest for oil and gas drilling. This decision kills jobs and denies Americans access to affordable energy.

The Washington Examiner reports that Wayne National Forest already has 1,300 oil and gas wells in operation, but access to Utica’s shale gas reserves would require hydraulic fracturing. The United States Department of Agriculture announced a six-month delay in the leasing of 3,000 acres in the forest to study the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing. This decision not only delays access to the jobs and energy that Americans need now, but it blocks an important revenue source for federal and state governments. The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program estimated that:

Natural gas and crude oil industry could help create and support more than 200,000 Ohio-based jobs from the leasing, royalties, exploration, drilling, production and pipeline construction activities for the Utica shale reserve. The state could experience an overall wage and personal-income boost of $12 billion by 2015 from industry spending.

The study also projects royalty payments to landowners, schools, businesses and communities could increase to as much as $1.6 billion by 2015—a number that exceeds the total amount of royalties distributed by Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry in the last decade. Total tax revenue from oil and gas exploration and development in the Utica shale formation from 2011 until 2015, including severance, commercial activity, ad valorem (property), federal, state and local taxes, is projected to be approximately $479 billion. Industry expenditures related to Utica shale development could generate approximately $12.3 billion in gross state product and result in a statewide output or sales of more than $23 billion.

This sounds like a win all around.  Jobs are plentiful, the tax base at all levels will be expanded.  But, Obama apparently thinks that 1,000,000 Obama phones is a proper vote-exchange medium.  But  jobs?  Those apparently don’t help out with the whole dependency thing.

I guess this won’t go on a government website as  “jobs saved or created,” will it?

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