While opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas continue to raise alarms about its safety, scientists continue to give fracking a clean bill of health. The latest comes from a major study at the University of Michigan which found that fracking is safe, benefits the economy, and does not contaminate groundwater. The study indicated no evidence of hydraulically-induced fractures extending to fresh-water aquifers above, and that studies in 10 states found no cases of groundwater contamination. With the study showing jobs associated with the oil and gas industry can bring $15 to $30,000 more than the median average income in Michigan, it’s no surprise many are excited about fracking’s future.
October 25, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.