Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

When seen through the lens of technology, few resources are truly scarce; they’re mainly inaccessible. 

 

Peter Diamandis

Fracking: Water concerns persist?

RATE THIS! +16
Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2013 03:12 AM by AlexMuller

These show that chemicals, including methane and arsenic, have been found more often in water wells near natural gas extraction sites. Despite this, the actual causes of the contamination are not clear.

 

In the UK, water companies say drinking supplies must be protected "at all costs" if fracking becomes commonplace.

 

Hydraulic fracturing's impact on water is a concern because the gas and oil they aim to extract is normally quite deep in the earth compared with our drinking supplies.

 

The fracking pipes go through the drinking water aquifers and there are worries that any cracks in the lining of the drilling wells could contaminate supplies.

 

In their study, researchers from the University of Texas in Arlington found increased levels of arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites in the Barnett Shale, an area with around 16,000 active gas wells.

 

The researchers took samples from 100 private wells and found levels of metals, including arsenic, selenium and strontium that were way above the safe limits for drinking water.

 

These elements do occur naturally in the region but the authors stated that the drinking wells that exceeded the safety levels were within 3km of a natural gas well, and that these levels got lower and lower the further they sampled from the extraction site.

 

In short, the wells that were near fracking sites had levels of arsenic around 18 times higher than areas that did not have gas extraction via this technique.



Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-17
+4
Fracking needs to stopped totally until much more research is done to see what the consequences are of all the fracking done so far. We need to know before it is too late. Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Medicine on 2017-11-21 09:01:15
    High Incidence of PTSD Among Cancer Patients..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-11-21 08:56:02
    Human Memory Enhanced With a Brain Implant For the First.....read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-11-21 08:51:13
    MIT Reveals a Battery That Stores Solar Energy to Make.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-11-21 08:45:29
    Japan discovers new 50km cave in moon, raises hope for.....read more
    Posted in Software on 2017-11-20 17:24:02
    The 3 biggest threats to your Bitcoin (and 10 tips to.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Martian landscapes formed from sand 'levitating' on a little.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Scientists detect comets outside our solar system..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Bacteria have a sense of touch..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Recurrent brain cancer: New hope with phase 1 clinical trial.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me