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Duke Water Study

May 16, 2011

Big news:  The Duke Water Study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday May 9.  This rigorous, peer-reviewed study concludes, “We found the average methane concentration to be 17 times higher in water wells located within a kilometer of active drilling sites. Some concentrations were dangerously high.”  The study also flags the fact that there are no studies whatsoever of what high concentrations of methane may do to human health.

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed “Strong evidence that shale drilling is risky“.

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Duke study finds methane in well water near gas drilling sites“.

Read ProPublica’s analysis: “Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking“, the most thorough, detailed coverage of the study to date.

The industry, naturally, is attacking the study.  But the scientists stand solidly behind their conclusions.  Sandy Bauers of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports:  “When they fingerprinted the methane — comparing the chemistry of the methane in the wells with that from shale gas wells in the region — ‘the signatures matched,’ said Robert Jackson, a professor at Duke and an author of the study.”

The most biting commentary, by far, is the Tony Auth cartoon, “Canary in the Kitchen,” depicting a woman in a gas mask approaching her own kitchen faucet only to find a dead canary.  Looking at it, I think of people I’ve met in Susquehanna, Bradford, and Washington Counties.

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