PSE Energy Quarterly is the newsletter of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, a nonprofit research institute dedicated to supplying evidence-based scientific and technical information on the public health, environmental, and climate dimensions of energy production and use.

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Inadequate state oil and gas regulations threaten groundwater resources, study finds

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Inconsistent or vague definitions of “protected groundwater” in 17 state oil and gas regulations leave the nation’s water supply vulnerable to contamination from oil and gas production, according to a PSE-led study published in March.

“Continued unconventional oil and gas development directly in and below formations containing groundwater resources highlights the need for all states to protect groundwater to a single, federally defined standard,” said Dominic DiGiulio, a PSE senior research scientist and lead author on the study. “Lax definitions result in lax protections.”
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This issue of PSE Energy Quarterly was published May 7,  2018, in Oakland, California.
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