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ProPublica: So, is Dimock’s Water Really Safe to Drink?

But what the agency didn’t say — at least, not publicly — is that the water samples contained dangerous quantities of methane gas, a finding that confirmed some of the agency’s initial concerns and the complaints raised by Dimock residents since 2009. The test results also showed the group of wells contained dozens of other contaminants, including low levels of chemicals known to cause cancer and heavy metals that exceed the agency’s ‘trigger level’ and could lead to illness if consumed over an extended period of time. The EPA’s assurances suggest that the substances detected do not violate specific drinking water standards, but no such standards exist for some of the contaminants and some experts said the agency should have acknowledged that they were detected at all.” Note my particular emphasis here; fracking is generally committed in that grey area between known, regulated deadly substances and those which have not been specifically called out as toxins. Fracking co’s arrive in a given locality, there are usually no extraction regulations in place at all, because the concept of such resource extraction has never been considered before. The industry *loves* this aspect of the ‘fracking revolution.’

03/20/12 • 11:22 AM • EnvironmentalHealthNaturePoliticsScience • No Comments

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