The University of Texas Energy Institute released a study on hydraulic fracing Friday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The report concludes that there have been no confirmed cases of groundwater contamination caused by the hydraulic fracing process, and that hydraulic fracing itself poses little risk to groundwater.
As a UT graduate, I want to accept everything they say as gospel, however I have some real problems with the "report/study." For example:
The copy I downloaded Friday from the U.T. site is a draft, yet the media claims that it is a "study", which implies a completed and substantiated work.
I was particularly interested in about substance migration related to drilling and fracing, only two of the seven references I marked for follow up were listed in the reference section.
There are very many other errors, citations incompletely described, obsolete and/or incomplete sets or related and appropriate references, etc.
IMHO this report is an embarrassment to the Earth Sciences Center at UT and their Energy Institute.
If you want to read all 400 + pages, go here
If you want to read a media report, go here: