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Department of Energy Report Indicates Fracking Has Not Contaminated Drinking Water in Western Pennsylvania

by M. Hill Jeffries
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Atlanta Office

Daniella Landers
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Houston Office

Marc A. Rawls
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Atlanta Office

August 9, 2013

Previously published on August 7, 2013

A recent study by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) indicates that chemical-laced fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have not contaminated the drinking water at a test drill site in western Pennsylvania. Fracking, a technique used to extract natural gas trapped deep underground, has resulted in the boom in new gas wells being drilled in recent years, many in the Marcellus Shale formation that lies under parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Opponents of fracking have claimed that the chemicals used in the drilling process could spread to drinking water supplies.


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