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Sun Jul 20, 2014, 10:11 AM

Ohio scientist to test water before fracking

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/Ohio-scientists-to-test-water-before-fracking-5631627.php

Ohio scientist to test water before fracking
By Lisa Song, InsideClimate News : July 18, 2014 : Updated: July 19, 2014 12:00am

As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale.

Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few sustained efforts in the nation to evaluate drinking water quality before, during and after gas drilling.

Although it likely will be another year before Townsend-Small releases the results, her work offers a template for other communities worried about how drilling, fracking and producing unconventional natural gas might contaminate groundwater supplies.

Most residents test their water only after they suspect it has been polluted; few have the resources or foresight to conduct baseline testing prior to the drilling.

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Sun Jul 20, 2014, 10:49 AM

1. This can't be the first time

anyone has thought of doing this?

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Sun Jul 20, 2014, 10:57 AM

2. I suspect the reason we haven't done any testing is the test costs a couple hundred dollars.

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 01:19 AM

3. It's been done in the UK.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/112771784

Here in the USA, that would have slowed down the making of profit, so was not considered.

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