Tracing the Culprit if Fracking Pollutes Water Supplies

State Impact Texas | 22 January 2013.

Scientists are developing ways to add non-toxic tracers to drilling fluid so if groundwater is contaminated, investigators would be able to pinpoint if an oil or gas drilling operation was to blame.

“What’s impossible at the moment is if you’ve got multiple companies in an area and it’s thought there is contamination, there is no way to tell which company caused the contamination,” said Andrew Barron at Rice University in Houston…

(Contributor’s note: A good idea for South Africa – though it might be difficult to make sure the drillers actually inject the tracer though, but if it can be made to work for Texan cowboys it can be done for us South Africans.)

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