New Study Counts Fracked Wells’ Proximity to Private Water Wells

Hydraulic fracturing near domestic groundwater wells” is the title of a paper that should make anyone who drinks water sit up and take notice. Published in October in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by UCSB geophysicist Scott Jasechko and environmental engineer Debra Perrone, the paper takes a detailed look at all but one of the 15 states in which oil is extracted by fracking, as hydraulic fracturing is known, creating a detailed analysis, despite the great variety of data collected by the states, of how close nearly 27,000 fracked wells are to private water wells, measured both in horizontal and vertical distances.

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