Really? Not exactly what businessweek says about the study.
"Still, some of the homes tested are “at higher risk” of contamination due to underlying geology, Nathaniel Warner, the lead author on the Duke study, said in a statement.
The results show that “these areas could be at greater risk of contamination from shale-gas development because of a pre-existing network of cross-formational pathways that has enhanced hydraulic connectivity to deeper geological formations,” according to the study.
"Terry Engelder, a professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University who studies geological formations in the region, reviewed the Duke paper and recommended against publication in the journal, he said.
“The science on this paper is solid,” he said in an interview. “It’s the leap of faith they take in their interpretation and to focus everybody’s attention on the Marcellus” gas drilling.
Once fracking takes place, gas and water will flow into the well and not up through any fissures that may exist. “The natural flow would be into the well bore,” Engelder said."
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