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‘Major Differences’ in States Reporting of Fracking Complaints

Hundreds of complaints about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling have been filed in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas, with pollution confirmed in about 30, according to an Associated Press review.

The AP requested data on oil and gas drilling-related complaints in the four states and found “major differences” in how states report these problems, with Texas providing the most detail. While confirmed instances of water pollution represent only a small portion of the thousands of fracking wells drilled each year, the scarce detail in some states’ reports “could help fuel public confusion and mistrust,” the AP concludes.

Transitioning from coal to natural gas in Texas for electricity generation is saving water and making the state less vulnerable to drought, according to a University of Texas at Austin study published last month in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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