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Fracking can increase methane in drinking water, study finds



A protester holds a sign during a demonstration against fracking in San Francisco.                                                 (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / May 30, 2013)

By Neela Banerjee 24, June 24, 2013, 11:13 a.m.

WASHINGTON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Scientists have found that methane and other gases pose a significant risk of contaminating drinking-water wells near natural gas drilling, raising new questions about possible health and safety risks from the production technique known as fracking.


A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that drinking-water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania within a kilometer of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, showed methane concentrations six times greater, on average, than in wells farther away.

The rest of this article from the L.A. Times can be viewed if you click the link: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-fracking-methane-drinking-water-study-20130624,0,4122885.story

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