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An evaluation of water quality in private drinking water wells near natural gas extraction sites in the Barnett Shale Formation

An evaluation of water quality in private drinking water wells near natural gas extraction sites in the Barnett Shale Formation

Author(s):
Brian E. Fontenot
(UT Arlington)

Date:
07.2013

Source / Publisher:
Environmental Science & Technology

Key findings:
The study found arsenic levels in groundwater within 3 km of gas installations at levels nearly 18 times higher than in groundwater tested at distances further than 3 km from gas wells or in the historical data. Arsenic, selenium, and strontium were found in numerous samples at levels exceeding the EPA’s maximum contaminate limit for drinking water. Other contaminants such as barium, methanol and ethanol were also found.

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