Appalachian Basin

Infographic: Latest Appalachian Basin Studies Confirm Fracking Is Not A Major Threat to Groundwater

Not just one, but four recently published studies demonstrate that fracking is not a major threat to groundwater in the Appalachian Basin. These peer-reviewed studies – conducted by researchers at Yale University (June 2018), Penn State University (June 2018), the University of Cincinnati (May 2018) and Duke University (April 2017) – join a growing body of research that includes more than two dozen scientific reports reaching similar conclusions across nearly all of the major U.S. shale basins.

Further, the University of Cincinnati and Duke studies were partially funded by the anti-fracking Deer Creek Foundation and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), respectively. In fact, the lead researcher for the University of Cincinnati study explained during an event discussing its findings,

“I’m really sad to say this but some of our funders, the groups that had given us funding in the past, were a little disappointed in our results. They feel that fracking is scary and so they were hoping our data could point to a reason to ban it.” (emphasis added)

As EID’s latest infographic shows, these studies have thoroughly debunked the “Keep It In the Ground” movement’s favorite talking point – that fracking is an inherent threat to groundwater – and illustrate that even in America’s highest producing natural gas basin, shale development is not a choice between the environment or the economy.

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