Pennsylvania Study Shows No Negative Impacts from Fracking

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A new federal
study
by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),
concluded there were no signs that oil and gas production in northern
Pennsylvania contaminated the commonwealth’s forest rivers and streams. The
study also found no evidence that fracking has significantly altered the volume
or makeup of the microscopic aquatic creatures or changed the chemical
composition of the water.

“No quantifiable relationships were identified between
the intensity of oil-and-gas development, water composition, and the composition
of benthic macroinvertebrate and microbial communities. No definitive
indications that hydraulic fracturing fluid, flowback water, or produced water
have entered any of the study streams were found.”

The study comes at a time where some Democratic presidential
candidates have made promises to ban fracking if elected into office. Just last
week, a piece of legislation was proposed in the Senate to end all U.S. onshore
and offshore hydraulic fracturing activities. The left consistently tries to demonize
fracking but ignores the fact it provides cost-efficient energy for American
households across the country.

Power the Future recently released a
study
analyzing energy development in Pennsylvania, which found:

Pennsylvania has embraced the oil and natural gas
industry. From 2007-2012, despite the great recession, the state experienced
large job and wage growth, including: 259 percent increase of jobs in the oil and
natural gas industry, 12 percent increase in average annual pay, and 36% growth
in wages in the oil and natural gas industry.

According to the Pennsylvania
Business Report
:

Rebecca Oyler, the Pennsylvania Legislative Director for
the National Federation of Independent Business, said that the study shows that
fracking can provide affordable energy for the state’s economy without
significant environmental risk. “The study just released by PNAS confirms what
we’ve known all along,” she said, “that the responsible development of
Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources is not incompatible with protecting our
environment.”

A recent report from the U.S. Chamber of commerce predicted
that Pennsylvania could see 609,000 jobs in the oil and gas sector disappear by
2025 if there were a fracking ban. At the same time, gasoline and natural gas
bills for consumers would double at the very least.

Once again, the results show the radical policies the
eco-left is pushing on the country come at a high cost, but have little
positive impact. So why take away millions of energy jobs and push higher
energy costs onto Americans nationwide with no benefit?

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