05 Oct '11, 5pm

It's difficult for a #fracking company to predict control, location & length of fractures they're creating underground.

I recently read a letter to the editor of a Pennsylvania newspaper which provided a blaring alarm regarding a high risk situation in Pennsylvania. A lot of space on this blog is devoted to reporting on environmental damage after it occurs -- drinking water contamination, toxic air pollution, spills and leaks, etc. When there is an opportunity to prevent harm, we'd hope that state regulators would jump on the chance, but sadly that does not seem to be the case in this situation. The issue in this case is the risk to clean drinking water posed by old, abandoned oil or gas wells that were never properly sealed. The risks are well documented, as reported in a Scientific American article: "Government reports have warned for decades that abandoned wells can provide pathways for oil, gas or brine-laden water to contaminate groundwater supplies or to travel up to the surface." In ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall/pennsylvania_here...

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