Just The Facts: Northeast Professors Confirm Hydraulic Fracturing’s Environmental Safety Record

“New production data shows shale’s promise and growth,” reports the Scranton Times-Tribune over the weekend. Reports the Beckley Register-Herald today: “Natural gas big, thriving and growing across W.Va.” Investor’s Business Daily, in a recent editorial, goes with this headline: “A Shale Of A Difference.”

Modern shale gas and oil production – enabled by the 60 year-old environmentally proven oil and natural gas stimulation process called hydraulic fracturing – continues to make waves across the nation and throughout the media, for sure.

And as this tightly-regulated production continues to help create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs at a time when they’re most needed, while protecting the environmental and stabilizing energy costs for struggling consumers, academic experts – in addition to a host of environmental regulators – are speaking out, specifically about fracturing’s long and clear record of environmental safety.

Here’s just the latest installment:

Donald Siegel, Professor of Earth Science at Syracuse University: Siegel says he thinks it is very unlikely that the possible harmful impacts of drilling will effect area waters. “It is highly improbable and probably implausible that we would see such a thing happen. We might still see a case of bad cementing fluids moving up the outside of the well, as in Dimock,” said Siegel. (WBNG-TV, 2/20/11)

V. K. Mathur, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire: Drilling has been done safely and efficiently. Regrettably, there is a move by some environmental groups concerned about possible pollution of groundwater systems to ban shale-gas drilling altogether. Short of that, they want shale-gas regulation turned over from state governments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but that isn’t necessary. The states do an effective job. (Foster’s (NH) Daily Democrat, 2/20/11)

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