Hydraulic Fracturing Components In Marcellus Groundwater Likely From Surface Operations, Not Wells

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Hydraulic Fracturing Components In Marcellus Groundwater Likely From Surface Operations, Not Wells by Brian D. Drollette and Desiree L. Plata, The Conversation US natural gas production increased by 42% between 2005 and 2014, largely due to recent advances in horizontal drilling and high volume hydraulic fracturing. One of the largest natural gas reservoirs in the US, the Marcellus Shale, underlies much of the state of Pennsylvania, and there is concern that chemicals used in association with gas extraction will end up in local drinking water supplies. Our study showed that organic chemicals detected in groundwater wells were derived from surface…


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