Study Fails to Link Fracking to Widespread Surface Water Impacts

A new study published in the journal Science examined links between fracking in the United States and possible impacts on surface water, and a close look at the findings shows the authors did not make a such substantial connection and repeatedly acknowledged they had limited evidence to back up any claims of contamination.

The researchers – from University of Navarra in Spain, University of Chicago, and University of Bristol in the United Kingdom – even acknowledged to the media that since their study was completed, fracking technology has continued to improve leading to even better outcomes.

Still, the study was picked up by several media outlets that gave credence to possibilities of contamination, without any deeper examination, and some of which used sensational headlines that in no way reflects what’s actually shown in the study.

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