by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
One Friday last month I wrote about several concerns about hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina, and how ongoing research had already dismissed those fears.
Today I dismiss perhaps the most sensationalized fear over fracking: it’ll make your drinking water flammable. Hint: No, it won’t.
As I show, the examples of flammable drinking water have come from either:
The risk isn’t from the process of hydraulic fracturing, which has been done safely since the 1940s, but is merely a matter of well construction.