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Et 3-årigt studie af fracking udført af University of Cincinnati har påvist at fracking ikke påvirker grundvandet.

After a multi-year study, which was considered to be groundbreaking. UC sampled 191 water samples from private water wells, taking samples before, during, and after oil and natural gas unconventional shale wells were drilled in 5 of Ohio’s top shale counties. The results found without a shadow of a doubt, and through first-ever isotopic analysis that the water quality did not change due to natural gas or fracking.

Hvad gør man så med studiet, som delvis er udført for offentlige midler?

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When asked at that meeting if the university planned to publicize the results, Dr. Amy Townsend-Small, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati Department of Geology and the leader of the study, said there were no plans to do so.

“I am really sad to say this, but some of our funders, the groups that had given us funding in the past, were a little disappointed in our results. They feel that fracking is scary and so they were hoping this data could to a reason to ban it,” she said.

Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marrietta, whose district includes Carroll, Harrison and Belmont counties, is calling for the university to release its findings. Thompson noted the study received state funding in the form of an $85,714 grant from the Ohio Board or Regents and federal funding from the national Science Foundation for an isotope ratio mass spectrometer.

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