Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Drillers silence fracking claims with sealed settlements

NEW YORK, NY — “In cases from Wyoming to Arkansas, Pennsylvania to Texas, drillers have agreed to cash settlements or property buyouts with people who say hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, ruined their water, according to a review by Bloomberg News of hundreds of regulatory and legal filings. In most cases homeowners must agree to keep quiet.

The strategy keeps data from regulators, policymakers, the news media and health researchers, and makes it difficult to challenge the industry’s claim that fracking has never tainted anyone’s water.”

— Jim Efstathiou Jr. & Mark Drajem, Bloomberg News

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