In Pennsylvania's fracking boom, new wells far more likely to leak than old, study finds

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In Pennsylvania's fracking boom, new wells far more likely to leak than old, study finds

WASHINGTON - A new study says new unconventional wells leak far more than older and traditional wells in Pennsylvania's fracking boom.

The study's author at Cornell University says the results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation.

The study was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research was paid for in part by an environmental activist group and criticized by the energy industry.

A team of four scientists analyzed more than 75,000 state inspections of gas wells done in Pennsylvania since 2000.

The study found that traditional wells drilled after 2009 had a leak rate of about 2 per cent; the rate for wells drilled horizontally was about 6 per cent.

Organizations: Cornell University, National Academy of Sciences

Geographic location: Pennsylvania, WASHINGTON

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  • enough already
    July 01, 2014 - 16:20

    Who funded the study ? An opponent of North American energy like Saudi Arabia?

  • Charles Murphy
    July 01, 2014 - 11:34

    We just don't need " Fracking " in N & L. People health , before the almighty dollars.

  • Marion
    July 01, 2014 - 07:54

    It's good to read the truth. It's good to hear from real science.