“[W]e do know fracking is unsafe, widespread and systemically, in Texas.” Source. 


Earthworks’ claims on fracking are often “fake news,” so we wanted to investigate this claim to see if maybe they were telling the truth this time. They’re not, and it’s not even close. The context of this claim indicates it has to do with water pollution, as the entire post was on groundwater concerns related to fracking. We consulted the most comprehensive report to date on fracking in Texas, published in June by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, which includes Nobel Laureates and the Texas members of the prestigious National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. That report concluded nothing to support Earthworks’ claim; in fact, it found the exact opposite: “The depth separation between oil-bearing zones and drinking water-bearing zones in Texas,” the TAMEST team wrote, “makes direct fracturing into drinking water zones unlikely, and it has not been observed in Texas.” Christine Ehlig-Economides, who chaired the task force that produced the study on fracking, told the media after the report was released: “In Texas and pretty much everywhere, hydraulic fracturing has not been proven to have an adverse impact on drinking water.”

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