Policy Documents

Shallow Groundwater Quality and Geochemistry in the Fayetteville Shale Gas-Production Area, North-Central Arkansas, 2011

Timothy M. Kresse, Nathaniel R. Warner, Phillip D. Hays, Adrian Down, Avner Vengosh, and Robert B. Jackson –
January 9, 2013
This exhaustive study by the United States Geological Survey and Dept of the Interior, uncovered no groundwater contamination from natural-gas drilling in the energy-rich Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas. The findings from this study were based on the sampling of 127 domestic wells in the western part of the shale-gas production area, representing approximately one-third of the entire gas-production area. The authors find that, "If any cases of groundwater contamination currently exist from the excursion of fluids used and produced by the shale-gas industry within the gas-production area, they are likely isolated and of limited extent."