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Fracking fluid is leaking more often than we thought

And that's not great
Shale Gas Drill Rigging at night

Kelly Malony, USGS

Shale gas drill rigging at night in Pennsylvania.

Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

That study, along with a companion paper which appeared in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed spill data and behavior across four states—Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—with the goal of identifying common causes of spills to help industries improve.

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