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Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing

There is systematic evidence for methane contamination of drinking water associated with shale gas extraction in the aquifers above the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in the U.S. Northeast.
Regulation is needed to ensure the sustainable future of shale-gas extraction and to improve public confidence in its use.

Bibliography:
Stephen G. Osborn, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, and Robert B. Jackson
Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing
PNAS, May 17, 2011, vol. 108, no. 20, pp. 8172–8176
www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1100682108

See also:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/10/us-boon-from-shale-gas-fracking-holds-little-global-promise.html
http://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/energy/fracking-shale-gas-health-effects-research-roundup

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