This is blog post shines a spotlight on the DOE fracking study and sees a different angle from mine.
By Alan Septoff
July 19, 2013
Surprise! Only ONE fracked well has ever been properly tested for groundwater pollution.
The AP today reports that a “landmark” study of one fracked well shows that, over a year’s time, it did not contaminate groundwater.
We’re very glad this is the case, especially for the neighboring community.
The meaning of testing one well
The fact that one well didn’t contaminate groundwater doesn’t prove that fracking is safe. No one has ever claimed that every instance of fracking pollutes groundwater. As any statistician worth their salt will tell you, a sample size of one does not a valid study make.
And the unnamed company that participated in the experiment knew its well was under scrutiny. I know that when my performance is being monitored, I am more likely to be at my best.