Fracking. Water wells next to fracking contaminated.

Fracking or Chemtrails? Study Shows Water Wells Closest to Fracking are More Contaminated

The peer-reviewed paper focuses on the presence of metals such as arsenic, barium, selenium and strontium in water samples.

A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a team of researchers that was led by UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Kevin Schug.

Brian Fontenot, who earned his Ph.D. in quantitative biology from UT Arlington, worked with Kevin Schug, UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and a team of researchers to analyze samples from 100 private water wells.

The results of the North Texas well study were published online by the journal Environmental Science & Technology Thursday. The peer-reviewed paper focuses on the presence of metals such as arsenic, barium, selenium and strontium in water samples. Many of these heavy metals occur naturally at low levels in groundwater, but disturbances from natural gas extraction activities could cause them to occur at elevated levels.

“This study alone can’t conclusively identify the exact causes of elevated levels of contaminants in areas near natural gas drilling, but it does provide a powerful argument for continued research,” said Brian Fontenot, a UT Arlington graduate with a doctorate in quantitative biology and lead author on the new paper.

He added: “We expect this to be the first of multiple projects that will ultimately help the scientific community, the natural gas industry, and most importantly, the public, understand the effects of natural gas drilling on water quality.”

Chrissie Hynde’s daughter arrested after supergluing herself to her boyfriend during protests against fracking

  • Star’s daughter Natalie created ‘human lock’ at West Sussex protest site
  • Ms Hynde and partner Simon Medhurst freed and led to police vans
  • Joined demonstrations against energy firm Cuadrilla’s drilling at Balcombe
  • Tory peer Lord Howell invited to visit North East after his ‘desolate’ insult
The daughter of singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested today after she and her boyfriend superglued their hands together as part of an anti-fracking protest.
Natalie Hynde, whose father is the Kinks’ Ray Davies, and her partner Simon Medhurst used their hands to create a ‘human lock’ at the gate to the proposed drilling entrance at the site in Balcombe, West Sussex.

Ms Hynde is one of several high-profile figures to join demonstrations against energy firm Cuadrilla’s exploratory drilling at the site, and she and her boyfriend were cheered and applauded by fellow protestors as they were led to separate police vans today.
Mick Jagger’s ex-wife Bianca Jagger and former Page 3 and Playboy model Marina Pepper have also showed up at the protests in recent days.

Hordes of police officers have been deployed to the site for the past week, to ensure lorries carrying equipment into the testing site are unhindered by activists voicing their opposition to fracking.

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