A new study has thrown salt on the liberal claim that fracking pollutes groundwater.
What Happened? A study conducted by Duke University demonstrated that “[f]racking has not contaminated groundwater in northwestern West Virginia.”
“Based on consistent evidence from comprehensive testing, we found no indication of groundwater contamination over the three-year course of our study,” Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, explained in a statement.
This study coincides with numerous others, including even one from the Environmental Protection Agency, which two years ago admitted to finding “no evidence that hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, led to ‘widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water,'” as reported at the time by Newsweek.
Duke released a new study confirming fracking does not contaminate groundwater. But we already knew that. 💁 pic.twitter.com/kt41leTMxr
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Is There A Catch? Barely, but yes: Accidental spills can pose a threat to surface water, according to the study by Duke.
“[W]e did find that spill water associated with fracked wells and their wastewater has an impact on the quality of streams in areas of intense shale gas development,” Vengosh explained.
Fair enough, though the key lesson is not to stop fracking but to ensure that it’s performed by experts and thus doesn’t lead to accidents occurring.
Speaking of accidents, recall that two years ago the EPA “accidentally” dumped 3 million gallons of toxic water into Colorado’s river systems.
Yet environmentalists barely said a word about this… And no, not one person has been prosecuted for the pollution.
What’s The Bottom Line? Fear-mongering claims by environmental radicals that fracking will affect people’s quality of life — by toxifying their water, for instance — have been blown out of the water (pun intended).
Fox News: Fracking isn’t contaminating groundwater, study finds
The Daily Caller: Duke Study Finds Fracking Isn’t Contaminating Groundwater
West Virginia Public Broadcasting: Duke Study: No Evidence of Fracking Pollution in W.Va. Groundwater
Does this mean fracking poses no risks? Certainly not, though it does suggest that the myriad economic benefits to fracking — likely outweigh the possible drawbacks, particularly as they relate to quality of life issues.
If anything, fracking might actually enhance quality of life: “[A] new report compiled by Energy In Depth shows quite clearly that, since the shale revolution began, a number of key criteria pollutants have dramatically declined, having a profoundly positive effect on public health for families across the country.”
Moreover, cheap natural gas obtained primarily from fracking operations have “improved air quality in the U.S. by replacing mercury-laden coal emissions,” according to Forbes.
See? Fracking is by no means perfect, but it’s certainly not the monster radical environmentalists claim it to be.