Wed Jul 11, 2012, 12:15 PM
limpyhobbler (8,244 posts)
Yet another study confirms fracking can pollute groundwater. Industry continues to spread lies. [View all]
This was a study by researchers from Duke University recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The oil-gas companies have always claimed that they are drilling so deep that the the toxins can't seep back up to the surface water. This study shows that natural pathways do exist where the pollution can filter back up to the surface. Like they even needed a study to show that. It's pretty much common sense.
That means all the toxic crap can seep into the rivers and lakes that we swim, fish and drink out of. Animals drink it, plants need it, private wells and public water systems draw on it. Especially if your well or public system is old and leaky.
Fracking Can Pollute, Confirms Study
The oil industry has their paid liars out trying to confuse the issue, by pointing to parts of the study that say evidence of contamination from fracking were not found in this study. True this study didn't show fracking contaminants escaped, but it DID SHOW THAT PATHWAYS EXIST FOR LIQUIDS AND GASES TO ESCAPE. THE INDUSTRY HAS LONG CLAIMED THESE PATHWAYS DID NOT EXIST. And they used that as the foundation of all their arguments defending this dangerous form of drilling.
Some media including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are already confused, repeating the usual industry spin that the results are inconclusive and more study needs to be done. Which is what they will always say.
They miss one big point. The industry should have to prove this practice is safe. It shouldn't be up to the people of the region to have to prove it is unsafe, after they get sick. Actually some states have gag orders in place preventing doctors and from discussing information about fracking pollution publicly.
All the laws are in place to protect the gas companies, not the American people.
More industry lies:
It's true there is a lot of oil industry profit at stake. Evidence continues to mount, continues to be ignored, while the oil industry spreads lies to confuse the issue and slobbers money on politicians to buy the government.
This is a link to the study at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Concerned citizens will gather in Washington DC at the end of July to meet each other and promote sanity when it comes to drilling for gas: http://www.stopthefrackattack.org/
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