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Fingerprinting hydrofracking water quality

Map of Marcellus Shale formation in the Eastern United States

Map of Marcellus Shale formation in the Eastern United States

September 26, 2012

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...