What is Fracking?

Fracking is a term that describes the directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques that have become commonplace in many areas throughout the country.  This process involves injecting fluids into rock formations to "fracture" these formations and allow for trapped natural gas deposits to be extracted.  

Fracking is growing increasingly popular in the resource extraction industry, especially in areas like the Barnett Shale in North Texas.  However, there is growing concern that this technique can introduce harmful substances into the groundwater either by releasing methane into the groundwater through the fracturing process or by contaminating groundwater with fluids used in the extraction process.  Unfortunately, there is little scientific evidence thus far to support the public's concern about these issues.  

Who are we?

We are a team of experienced researchers specializing in Biology and Chemistry, and we are soliciting water samples from private well owners in order to conduct a scientific study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on private well water.  Our goal is to ascertain whether or not hydraulic fracturing gas extraction activities can result in harmful substances being introduced into private well water supplies.

Laura Hunt, Ph.D.

Kevin Schug, Ph.D.

Zacariah Hildenbrand, Ph.D.

Brian Fontenot, Ph.D.

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