Studies find dangerous bacteria near Texas fracking sites
December 1, 2017
ARLINTON, Texas (AP) — Two new studies from University of Texas at Arlington researchers show harmful bacteria levels in groundwater near hydraulically fractured gas drilling sites.
The studies published in the peer-reviewed journal Science of the Total Environment show antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in private water wells in the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale regions of Texas.
The researchers say these bacteria could cause gastrointestinal illnesses along with rashes and eye and ear infections.
But the studies make no definitive links between fracking and contaminated water.