Study: Methane in North Texas Groundwater Is Unrelated to Fracking – Texans for Natural Gas

Texans For Natural Gas | September 25, 2018

For nearly a decade, anti-fracking groups have tried to link methane in North Texas groundwater supplies to Barnett Shale development. But a new peer-reviewed study has effectively debunked that claim.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan recently published their fifth and final study as part of a series assessing the cause of methane in water wells near natural gas development in the Barnett Shale. All five studies reached similar conclusions that “hydraulic fracturing has not affected shallow groundwater drinking sources in this area.”

The study examined samples from more than 450 water wells located across 12 counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and found that 85 percent of them contained low levels of methane.
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