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A Second Government Report Links Groundwater Contamination To Fracking

•, Rob Wile
 Bloomberg's Mark Drajem and Jim Efstathiou Jr. report the EPA has found evidence fracking for natural gas contaminated groundwater in Pennsylvania.

It's the second government-backed study to assert such a link published in the past seven days.

Last week, the EPA said a USGS study had confirmed an earlier study concluding fracking contaminated in a small Wyoming town.

The latest study found drilling activity by Cabot Oil and Gas in Dimock, Penn. had caused methane to seep into the water table.

In a 2010 consent order, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that 18 drinking-water wells in the area were “affected” by Cabot’s drilling, Bloomberg writes.

Oil companies have argued it is difficult to differentiate between naturally occurring methane and methane produced by fracking.

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