Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows
- Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows
By Neela Banerjee
Los Angeles Times 13 August 2014
Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists.
Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employed at two Wyoming geological formations showed no direct evidence of water-supply contamination, their work is certain to roil the public health debate over the risks of the controversial oil and gas production process.