Another Freaking Music Video about Fracking
May 13, 2011
Here’s more about the video, which was done by David Holmes and other talented journalism students at Jay Rosen’s NYU’s Studio 20. It was part of their collaboration with us to build better explanations for stories. For more on fracking, its lack of regulation, and the potential for drinking water contamination, check out our now nearly three-year running investigation.
Since a lot of people, including me, have had hopes that new techniques for pulling methane out of the ground could ease the energy transition, it’s maddening to hear about how the technology has been mishandled. Another new study shows contamination in drinking water from the practice.
Durham – A new scientific study has, for the first time, found a pattern linking hydraulic fracturing and natural gas drilling with methane contamination of drinking water, with some contamination levels so high that faucet taps can be set on fire.For the first time, new research conducted by four Duke University scientists shows that water supplies close to natural gas wells had an average of 17 times the level of flammable methane gas as wells further from active drilling operations.
A total of 68 wells were tested by the research team, all located in the Marcellus and Utica shale drilling areas, located in northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York state. The group defined active gas extraction areas as within one kilometer (around six-tenths of a mile) of a gas well operation.