2011-05-10 09:34:43Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking
John Hartz
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"For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire.

"The peer reviewed study, published today (May 9) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stands to shape the contentious debate over whether drilling is safe and begins to fill an information gap that has made it difficult for lawmakers and the public to understand the risks."

These are the first two paragraphs of the article. Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking, posted today (May 9) on ProPublica.

This article is the most recent in ProPublica's series of investigative reports about the environmental consequences of fracking for natural gas in North America. Until very recently, many US environmental organizations had touted natural gas as a preferrred fuel for reducing CO2 emissions in the US.
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