Department of Energy announces study on fracking pollution

Department of Energy announces study on fracking pollution


No matter how hard people try, they're not going to be able to completely avoid pollution. That's because toxins are everywhere, in both the air we breathe and the water we drink. This is why many individuals use organic detox products to fight the effects of heavy metals and other pollutants in the body.

Of course, people can still work together to reduce the amount of pollution that makes it's way into the environment. This is why the U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will conduct a study to determine if "fracking" – drilling for gas – can cause water pollution.

The Associated Press reported that a drilling company in Pennsylvania will allow researchers access to a commercial drilling site. The goal of this project is to determine if gas drilling fluids migrate upwards or sideways from the Marcellus Shale, a gas-rich rock formation. Over the past few years, technology has evolved to allow drillers to reach the gas inside this rock, which has created many jobs but also raised concerns about pollution. If the fluids move upwards, they may pollute drinking water.

"Conceptually, [this study] sounds like a really great idea," said P. Lee Ferguson, a Duke University civil and environmental engineering professor who is not involved with the project, quoted by the news source. "I have wondered about this since I started thinking about fracking. Which compounds are mobile and which aren't."

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), America has vast reserves of natural gas that are commercially viable as a result of advances in fracking. The agency added that it is its job to ensure that drilling for gas makes as small an impact as possible on the air Americans breathe and the water they drink.