A new University of Texas study says there is no direct link between groundwater contamination and fracing.
UT’s Energy Institute says contamination can occur due to spills above ground or mishandling of wastewater, arguing that these problems are not caused directly by fracing. This correlation is where microseismic technology steps in, working like an underground x-ray to keep fracing safe, so that operators can see exactly where they are and make adjustments in real time if needed.
An Energy Institute spokesman says no industry funds paid for the project. You can review the full results of the study here: http://energy.utexas.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=151&Itemid=160