Hydraulic fracturing has no impact on water wells

May 23rd, 2014

Today’s Australian Financial Review carries a story on page 9 which should be a clarion call for the Australian oil and gas industry.

Christine Ehlig-Economides, who worked for oilfields services company Schlumberger and is now a professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University, said Australia “may not be able to afford to take too long” in developing the sector.

More importantly, she urged the industry and regulators to take comfort from the actual experiences of the US – where hundreds of thousands of gas wells have been drilled over the last forty years. She says the US Environmental Protection Agency records speak for themselves.

“They have no record of hydraulic fracturing inter­acting into water wells,”

Speaks for itself, really.

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