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Fossil Fuel Production and Groundwater Contamination: Really, Really Real

Vanessa Mazal

The US has invested heavily in oil and gas development in the name of recession-era job creation and "energy independence." Concerns about fossil fuel production are often dismissed as speculative. But data from CO, just one of the "boom" states, confirms that oil and gas spills happen more than daily, and of 328 spills in 2013 to-date, 77 contaminated water sources.

Wha?! Wow: 23% of spills contaminate water (which, I'll remind is a finite resource). Is energy independence worth toxic water?

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