Fingerprinting hydrofracking water quality
Map of Marcellus Shale formation in the Eastern United States
Syracuse University’s Project SWIFT to develop tools to detect potential groundwater contamination from shale-gas drilling
Mary Beth Jones of Apalachin, N.Y., lives near “ground zero” of the hotly contested hydrofracking debate swirling across New York State. Her land sits above the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, and like many of her neighbors, Jones is concerned about risks of ground-water contamination associated with hydraulic fracturing. That’s why she’s agreed to be part of a Syracuse University study that aims to develop new tools to detect possible groundwater contamination associated with shale-bed methane production in the Appalachian Basin. Read more...