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Fracking may violate Safe Drinking Water Act, report says

We present an updated Watch List investigation into the controversial practice known as fracking — a process that energy companies use to force natural gas out of underground rock formations.

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, a process that uses a mix of water and chemicals. Energy companies say the process is safe, but a new report prepared for a congressional committee charges that fracking may violate the Safe Drinking Water Act because of the use of diesel — millions of gallons of it — injected into fracking wells in 19 states.

We initially reported this story last summer with our colleagues at ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism group. Correspondent John Larson gives us an update.


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  • daddy

    this shit was boring as hell

  • daddy

    this shit was boring as hell

  • Barbaraabishop

    Whenever I see the Halliburton company name I cringe!  To put the health & safety of the people who have sacrificed their farm/grazing lands for big energy companies to drill/frack for gas is a crime & should be treated as such Water is more valuable then gas & to think millions of gallons of diesel is used to pump out the gas when the diesel is a fuel that could be used in other areas of energy. The people who don’t see the risks & have put through the Bills should be made to drink this water that is affected & for their children to suffer the consequences. Produce will also show the negative side of the use of this water Check out what has happened to ranchers livestock in Wyoming