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October 18, 2015

Yale University: Fracking Does Not Harm Drinking Water

MSCI supports an all-of-the-above energy policy that allows for increased research into and use of renewable energy sources, but that also supports exploration and production of traditional sources, including natural gas. Some opponents of natural gas exploration have argued hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process used to extract natural gas, has a significant negative impact on the environment and on drinking water. 

Last week, Yale University released a study that said fracking has no negative impact on drinking water. According to the Yale News, “In the largest study of its kind, a Yale-led investigation found no evidence that trace contamination of organic compounds in drinking water wells near the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania came from deep hydraulic fracturing shale horizons, underground storage tanks, well casing failures, or surface waste containment ponds.” 

Yale’s report followed a study released the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year that included similar findings. The EPA said its researchers “did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.” 

To learn more about the safety and efficacy of hydraulic fracturing, a technique that has been used in the United States since 1947, we encourage you to visit the American Petroleum Institute website.