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One fracking test does not safety make

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By Alan Septoff

July 19, 2013

The AP today reports that a “landmark” study of one fracked well shows that, over a year’s time, it did not contaminate groundwater.

We’re very glad this is the case, especially for the neighboring community.

But the fact that one well didn’t contaminate groundwater doesn’t prove that fracking is safe.  No one has ever claimed that every instance of fracking pollutes groundwater.  As any statistician worth their salt will tell you, a sample size of one does not a valid study make.

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Tagged with: fracking, groundwater, pollution, testing, safety, national energy technology laboratory

Fracking impacted families speak truth to power at the People’s Forum

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By Alan Septoff

May 23, 2013

The Stop the Frack Attack network (of which Earthworks is a part) held a People's Forum yesterday.

As the Bureau of Land Management weakened fracking regulations at the oil and gas industry's request, as the Senate Energy committee held a forum without a single impacted citizen, sixteen people living with the negative impacts of the fracking boom stood up and told their stories.

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Tagged with: fracking, health, stop the frack attack, community voices, people's forum

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