Landmark-study alert: We still can’t actually find a link between fracking and groundwater contamination. Shocker.

posted at 10:11 am on July 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Despite extreme environmentalists’ hysterical pursuit of evidence to conclusively link up the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing with the regional phenomenon of groundwater contamination over the past couple of years… What am I saying. The dearth of actual evidence hasn’t done much to deter the really hardcore eco-radicals, like “documentary” filmmaker Josh Fox’s now infamous and completely misleading image of drilling-area residents lighting the methane in the water from their sinks on fire, and his attempt to double down on the outright falsehood in his recent sequel.

But even the zealous and well-funded bureaucrats at Environmental Protection Agency have so far failed to find that much-desired connection. Last month, the administration suddenly pulled back from their study exploring the potential links between fracking and instances of groundwater contamination in Wyoming — based on the oh so unfortunate lack of science available to support their foregone conclusion.

And now, a preliminary federal study released today actually just comes right out and says it: We tried. No luck. Boom.

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said.

Although the results are preliminary — the study is still ongoing — they are a boost to a natural gas industry that has fought complaints from environmental groups and property owners who call fracking dangerous.

Drilling fluids tagged with unique markers were injected more than 8,000 feet below the surface, but were not detected in a monitoring zone 3,000 feet higher. That means the potentially dangerous substances stayed about a mile away from drinking water supplies.

The eco-radicals’ misbegotten quest to implicate hydraulic fracturing as at all costs will never cease to mystify. With natural gas acting as the leading cause of the United States’ lately reduced carbon emissions — their own stated goal — you’d think they’d want to take “yes” for an answer, wouldn’t you?


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Obama Admin: “The studies will continue until morale improves.”

blammm on July 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

They’ll keep looking.

Akzed on July 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Hockey stick graph in 5….4….3….2….1

NOMOBO on July 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

You just have to believe…you know, like Global Warming.

d1carter on July 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

They clearly didn’t think about the children when conducting this study.

Flange on July 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Hi Mark!

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Keep looking…there has to be a link….

PatriotRider on July 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The eco-radicals’ misbegotten quest to implicate hydraulic fracturing as at all costs will never cease to mystify. With natural gas acting as the leading cause of the United States’ lately reduced carbon emissions — their own stated goal — you’d think they’d want to take “yes” for an answer, wouldn’t you?

Who benefits from hamstringing US oil and gas producers? Foreign oil and gas producers. I think there’s a whole lotta money laundering going on between the foreign oil producers and the environazis hereabouts.

Akzed on July 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

The people who should be convinced by this don’t care. It’s never been about drinking water or the climate or science in general. It’s about control.

crrr6 on July 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

It still concerns me that no one has any concern for the rocks themselves which can feel pain like you or I.

If trees can have feelings then so can chunks of stone, she says so at about the 1:20 point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vy9p1Pcf40

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

With natural gas acting as the leading cause of the United States’ lately reduced carbon emissions — their own stated goal — you’d think they’d want to take “yes” for an answer, wouldn’t you?

That’s not what they really want. It was never the real goal. It was always about hamstringing the “First World” economies so the “third world” could catch up.

Steven Den Beste on July 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

But we say it with a lot of emotion and scream it out. Also, we call you evil if you disagree with our unsubstantiated study.

Oil Can on July 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

The Saudis won’t stop funding this until “evidence” is produced. Enviro-nazis happy to play along.

goflyers on July 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Color me shocked at this. I would have bet my next retirement check they would have just made $hit up and called it settled science and banned fracking nationwide. Maybe there is some slim shred of hope for the EPA.

Johnnyreb on July 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Party of Science ™

Flange on July 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

It is not about the environment it is about shackling the economy.

Grunt on July 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I expect nothing less from liberals but to avoid evidence. Most anti-science, anti-progress, anti-common sense people on the planet.

tyketto on July 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

As Instapundit always says, I’ll believe global warming is our greatest crisis when they start acting like it is. If they believe that, they should be going all in on ways to halt it, including natural gas and nuclear.

juliesa on July 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

It still concerns me that no one has any concern for the rocks themselves which can feel pain like you or I.

If trees can have feelings then so can chunks of stone, she says so at about the 1:20 point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vy9p1Pcf40

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

That was a skit for the Onion, wasn’t it? Please tell me that it was a skit for the Onion.

NOMOBO on July 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Cracks me up every time I see that one. Off to sharpen up my stilh 362. ; )

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Stihl

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

The science is settled.

Chris of Rights on July 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

What this tells you is that there is so little evidence that they can’t even convincingly fake it.

There’s no real reason to believe in AGW either, if you look at all the data. But they can twist around particular subsets of the data to convincingly fake it enough to make their twisted anti-progress socialist case.

They can’t even do that with fracking.

Chris of Rights on July 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Maybe there is some slim shred of hope for the EPA.

Johnnyreb on July 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

The phrase slim and done comes to mind and I lean strongly towards none.

chemman on July 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM

It’s never really been about the environment.

When it hasn’t been about taxes and revenue, it’s been about enriching the Al Gores of the world.

marybel on July 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

So the statement “fracking causes ground water contamination” is just as scientifically valid as “vaccines cause autism”. Got it.

sublibertate on July 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Obama Admin: “The studies will continue until morale improves we can fake the results we want.”

blammm on July 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

FIFY

Also in a similar vein, The IRS consideration of Tea Party tax exemption requests will continue until we find a reason to reject them. Oil and Gas drilling moratoriums on public lands and offshore will continue until we fina a way to ban them permanently. Ongoing investigations into Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Recording news reporters phone conversations, IRS etc. will preclude any comments or administrative actions until the investigations are complete which will never happen because actually they are not doing any investigation.

KW64 on July 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Won’t matter in NY. The enviro-whackos will ensure that NY never allows fracking in that state.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

The eco-radicals aren’t interested in “science”.

Too bad we can’t drop them all into the middle of the Amazon rain forest, where they could commune with Mother Nature at first hand.

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Radical environmentalism is a belief and like any religion, the adherents are not going to be dissuaded by arguments that run counter to their beliefs.

For all the wanking on the left about being the side that “sides” with science, it really comes down to siding with those things that fit your belief system. Science ala carte, picking and choosing that which you wish to believe, discounting the rest.

That is a human condition, it is not limited to the left or right. It takes great effort to accept things that go against your core beliefs, but are shown to be conclusively true.

How hard do you think it was for the Catholic Church to accept that the Earth revolved around the Sun? For radical environmentalists, they are now being asked to abandon a core belief and accept the results of a government study. That will be very difficult.

Much of the political thrash we go through is because we are really arguing about belief systems versus actual merits of any given law or policy. Regardless of any election outcome, none of this will be easy. No one is going to go quietly into that good night.

Grinch on July 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

What?
Water doesn’t flow Uphill ?

one mile down and it doesn’t climb up and reach the ground water ?

JayTee on July 19, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The eco-radicals aren’t interested in “science”.

Too bad we can’t drop them all into the middle of the Amazon rain forest, where they could commune with Mother Nature at first hand.

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

That would be too easy. How about Antarctica, where they might welcome global warming, and discover that penguins taste like chicken?

Steve Z on July 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

We still can’t actually find a link

EPA will likely trash this study… and do another one.

petefrt on July 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

They’ve moved on from water contamination. The new meme is cracking causes earthquakes.

Queen0fCups on July 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said.

This is trash-proggie journalism. ‘Chemical-laced’ means there are chemicals in it, just as there are chemicals in the lunch you eat today and the coffee you drank this morning. Human bodies are ‘chemical-laced’. The Universe is ‘chemical-laced’.

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

That the US, who is horrible for never signing the Kyoto Protocols, actually beat the emission standards ahead of time, while the progressive Europeans, who did sign the protocols, have announced that they will not meet them, is absolutely intolerable to these folks.

And that the US did it by expanding the use of hydrocarbons is what really makes their heads explode.

ss396 on July 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Maybe the Federalies and environmentalist would prefer the method used in Operation Gas Buggy. This test used a downhole atomic explosion and did nothing more than irradiate everything (including the cloud of radioactive natural gas it released into the atmosphere) and just pulverized the hydrocarbon bearing formation, which no one can produce now.

Kermit on July 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

OT, but related.

I was cruising the ‘net and came across this report:

NY and DC Face Power Outages, Water Restrictions

And in that report were these nuggets:

During heat waves, power loss is common as energy usage skyrockets with cranked up air conditioners, constantly running ceiling and oscillating fans and appliances like refrigerators and freezers working harder to stay cool.

What? No linking to climate change or global warming? OMG!

Downtown urban areas often suffer the worst as they lack permeable surfaces such as open land and vegetation and are instead plagued by concrete and infrastructure. This creates a phenomenon called an urban heat island effect.

I see. So UHI is an important factor when there is a heat wave, but when doing the science for AGW, it doesn’t exist.

I hear Detroit is currently running a test program to measure the effect of de-urbanization.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

There isn’t a drinking water well in the country that’s 5000 feet deep. You’d be hard-pressed to find one exceed 500 feet.

BKeyser on July 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

When there is no evidence and you still want to hang the man, you are part of a lynch mob.

Wander on July 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Much of the political thrash we go through is because we are really arguing about belief systems versus actual merits of any given law or policy. Regardless of any election outcome, none of this will be easy. No one is going to go quietly into that good night.

Grinch on July 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Well said (RTWT).

AesopFan on July 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I hear Detroit is currently running a test program to measure the effect of de-urbanization.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Hope someone keeps the records.

AesopFan on July 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

When there is no evidence and you still want to hang the man, you are part of a lynch mob.

Wander on July 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Bumper Sticker of the Year.

AesopFan on July 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

There isn’t a drinking water well in the country that’s 5000 feet deep. You’d be hard-pressed to find one exceed 500 feet.

BKeyser on July 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

You are just wrong on that. I know lots of people who just live to pay a $10,000 a month power bill to pump from that depth./

CW20 on July 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Time for Gasland III: Electric Bugaloo.

Ward Cleaver on July 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

The new meme is that fracking causes earthquakes and sinkholes now. I know it’s true, because one of my co-workers said it and 5 more agreed. None of us have anything to do with the oil industry, so that makes him an authority.

Texan on July 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Hire some Climateers. They will find the links.

pat on July 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Obama Administration: “Since the scientific study found no evidence of groundwater contamination, we are opening a Department of Justice investigation into whether or not natural gas companies violated peoples’ civil rights…”

quikstrike98 on July 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I am going to make a movie called “Ginland”

I will film a scene depicting my garden house spewing Tanqueray into the kiddie pool of tonic water, while limes drop from our trees.

Academy, here I come!

Odie1941 on July 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM