EPA Divided about Fracking Safety; Local Expert Weighs-in


The process of fracking in the natural oil and gas industry continues to raise concerns around our region in to the impacts the process can have on our environment. Local experts said they think it’s still too early to truly tell how safe or how dangerous the process is.

According to the Associated Press new studies conducted show the EPA may be re-thinking how safe the process is. The process of injecting water into the active drilling site isn’t the part that concerns most experts. The thing that is cause for concern for many people, though; is the aftermath and what is released from the Earth when workers drill some 4,000 to 5,000 thousand feet into the ground. One expert at Wheeling Jesuit University said his concerns came from elements that have been trapped in the ground for the last 300 million years. 

“I think water disposal is, is, is a big issue and it’s not just about the chemicals we inject, but the stuff that exists in the formation itself. Benzene, Toluene, ethylbenzene. These are known carcinogen,” said professor of Biology at Wheeling Jesuit University, Ben Stout.

The EPA has recently said fracking posses little threat to the environment, but as of early this week they have changed their minds. 

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