Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A New Test To Find Out If Your Water Is Fracked

There is a lot of talk of the dangers of fracking, but little hard facts. BaseTrace's new technology will let you test to see if the natural gas extraction process has contaminated your water--using DNA.

Depending on whether you've just watched Josh Fox's Gasland, or its recent documentary riposte FrackNation, you might conclude a) that fracking has contaminated groundwater across the country, or b), that environmentalists' claims are overblown.

Which is true? Fact is, we still don't know. There has been plenty of good reporting on the subject--which should make us worry--but precious little scientific inquiry. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking an age over its water-safety report, and the state-level work has been patchy, at best.

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