Wall Street Journal Reports Faulty Wells are to Blame for Water Contamination

A Wall Street Journal front page story reported that poorly built wells are to blame for cases of water contamination in the Marcellus Shale, not hydraulic fracturing.

A Wall Street Journal front page story reported that poorly built wells are to blame for cases of water contamination in the Marcellus Shale, not hydraulic fracturing. The story finds that in some cases, wells not properly sealed with subterranean cement allowed contaminants to travel up the well bore from deep underground into shallow aquifers that provide drinking water.

A. Scott Anderson, a senior policy adviser with the Environmental Defense Fund states, "The groundwater pollution incidents that have come to light to date have all been caused by well construction problems.”

Chief Oil & Gas, which has a long commitment to protecting water supplies, believes in best practices for well development that are designed to protect the water table through multiple layers of casing and cement.

Chief's experts drill thousands of feet underground and over a mile below the groundwater, using multiple protective layers of steel casing and cement for groundwater protection.

Chief also works closely with all regulatory agencies to ensure that drilling is conducted in a way that will not have a detrimental impact on the states' natural resources.

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