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Fracking Threatens Pennsylvania Drinking Water

October 12, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sustainability Studies @ Roosevelt University

In recent environmental news, a study from Duke University has just been released explaining that river water in Western Pennsylvania has shown increased levels of radioactivity. One of the culprits of the increased radiation is fluids used from a natural gas extraction process known as fracking.

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Fracking, which is the process of widening fractures in underground rocks by using an extreme amount of water pressure, is not an uncommon method in Pennsylvania to extract oil and gas. Because fracking requires large quantities of water there is much concern to where the water goes after it is used in fracking, as it is not safe to come in contact with after it has been used. Suzanne Goldenburg of The Guardian explained in a recent article just how much water is used within the industry. She wrote:

It can take 2m to 9m gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals to frack…

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