State probes use of diesel in fracking

Marcellus Shale gas drilling tower. Photo by Ruhrfisch

A federal investigation into companies’ use of diesel fuel in fracking fluids – a concern because of its potential to contaminate drinking water sources – has prompted state regulators to have their own look into the practice.

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee recently reported that gas and oil companies used 32.2 million gallons of diesel in fracking fluids in several states between 2005 and 2009, including 1.3 million gallons in Colorado.

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