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Controversial drilling technique free from federal regulation gets new look

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posted on Jul, 20 2010 @ 08:58 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years.

But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals, that some fear could pollute water above and below ground and deplete aquifers.

As gas drillers swarm to this lucrative Marcellus Shale region and blast into other shale reserves around the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking a new look at the controversial fracking technique, currently exempt from federal regulation. The $1.9 million study comes as the nation reels from the Deepwater Horizon environmental and economic disaster playing out in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Fracking" Safety

By the way this drilling technique sounds, I can't believe it has been legal for all of these years. Does anybody have any first hand knowledge of this technique? It seems that this would pollute the aquifers with toxic chemicals.

If the EPA stops this way of drilling, will the price of natural gas go up?

posted on Jul, 20 2010 @ 10:34 PM
Fracking has been in use since 1949 and has been shown over time to be safe according to
In the same article it claims that the fracking material is 99.5% water and sand. Now this article does claim that radioactive sand is used, on occasion, for tracking purposes. This I believe could pose an issue.

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