NWF Study: Taking Steps To Ensure Potential Of Natural Gas Future

NWF Study: Taking Steps To Ensure Potential Of Natural Gas Future

(WY News Service) -- The National Wildlife Federation conducted a study on the possible hazards associated with the process of fracking being used by natural gas production companies.

The study said that natural gas production is the nation's energy future, so Wyoming should make sure that they are doing it in the safest, most environmentally conscious way.

Neil Thagard is with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He says advances of natural gas production are noticeable to hunters.

The study looked at air, water, public health and wildlife hazards related to fracking.

Thagard added that it's important that the companies make sure they are being productive and not destructive.

The report from the NWF also asks for more state and federal regulation of the industry, specifically citing recent water quality studies in Pavillion that found to water well supplies to have contamination. Environmental Protection Agency Researchers said contaminated wells could have been a result of fracking, but did not say so definitively because data used in studies of fracking is still too inconclusive to place the blame on the procedure.

The oil and gas industry says that fracking is safe because of the fact that water is injected miles into the earth, far below water sources.

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