A major anti-fracking argument by environmentalists may not have the facts to back it up, a new study conducted by Duke University found. Fracking has not contaminated groundwater in northwestern West Virginia, according to the peer-reviewed study published this month in a European journal. “Based on consistent evidence from comprehensive testing, we found no indication of groundwater contamination over the three-year course of our study,” explained Avner Vengosh, the professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The growing industry could help create as many as 3.5 million jobs by 2035, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. While the study concluded that fracking didn’t contaminate groundwater, the researchers did say accidental spills of fracking wastewater could be dangerous to surface water in the area.
Fair enough. But, even the jury is out on that at this point. This is an absolutely devastating scholarly finding that destroys the anti-fracking talking points being pushed enviro-wackos. Facts ARE indeed “stubborn things.”