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by Ali Garfinkel
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For those of you who weren’t sure how bad this whole fracking thing really is, a study was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science which details the risks and consequences of the process. One of the main concerns? Water contamination from gas drilling is so severe, your faucets may actually be flammable.

The study was conducted by four Duke University scientists, who found that the water close to natural gas wells had high amounts of methane gas in them, which increases the closer you get to the site. This gas is also the same that’s found from thousands of feet underground, which means the gas is probably leaking, causing a building up methane below.

All that methane in the water means that any flame held near a sink may result in more flames. Just saying.

After testing 68 drinking wells in the NY/PA areas, the ones closes to the fracking sites had at least 17 times the levels, which falls into the “dangerous, urgent, do something about this NOW” region of the safety, as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Hydraulic fracturing itself has so far not turned up any results of contamination in any of the tests run, but the gas drilling is causing enough of a headache — kind of like your brain might be on fire.

In fact, I think it is. Stop drop and roll!

Wanna read more? Check out the full article here