Fracking is wrong in many oil fields and ok in others.
Having worked a little in the field I do not think Halliburton, would harm the ground water. Every well except wildcatting in the Rockies’ I would have a company geologist on site with the drilling log which would have every formation almost down to the inch. Surface pipe, called casing would be set well past any fresh water and cemented in.
But what I see is the problem for fracking is the States themselves are the weak link in the process.
The states give power to people who have nothing at risk and have the authority to control the process is the real problem that I see.
Example, back in 1969 I was drilling offshore in Southern California and just up the coast an offshore rig near Santa Barbara had a blowout and a big oil spill.
The oil company was blamed, laws were changed. But I know that the problem was never fixed.
The cementing of the casing was not proper type and mixture. The cementing is not controlled by the oil company; it is controlled by a state geologist and the State of California.
Kind of like what we have going on at the IRS today, who’s in charge and who was making the decisions? Congress can’t even find out.
Then you have to question the areas that are having problems. Pennsylvania has had oil in ground water since the early 1900’s, so the only sure way of knowing is a chemical test.
I suspect Halliburton’s exemptions were not to be able to pollute, but to protect the company from pollution that would happen by following the state processes.
Think of it like there are two new airplanes on the runway and this will be their first time off the ground. One built by the state college and the other built by Boeing. You have to get on one, which one do you want to get on?