Scientists: Fracking Study Results Obscured by Politics

Advocates on both sides of the debate on hydraulic fracturing are using the results of a recent long-awaited study to back their political agendas. But the scientists behind the report say they are jumping to conclusions.

The study, led by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, sought simply to measure how much methane leaks from natural gas production sites immediately following the process of hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of gas drilling that has rapidly expanded statewide. But while oil and gas industry supporters have seized on the results to support their view that the technique is safe ...

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