CU-Boulder study: Fracking Fluid no more toxic than common household products

Daily Camera reports findings from research of fracking fluid by the University of Colorado.


CU-Boulder study: Fracking fluid no more toxic than common household products
Researchers examined fluid used in wells across 5 states
Daily Camera; November 12, 2014 By Amy Bounds

The chemicals found in fracking fluid collected in five states – including Colorado – were no more toxic than common household substances, according to a newly released study by researchers at the University of Colorado.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Analytical Chemistry, found that chemicals in the fracking fluid samples also were found in everyday products such as toothpaste, detergent, ice cream and laxatives.

Michael Thurman, co-founder of CU’s Laboratory for Environmental Mass Spectrometry, said this is the first published paper to identify some of the organic fracking chemicals going down into wells.

“At least so far, we’re finding chemicals that are more friendly to the environment,” Thurman Said. “The compounds are not the kinds of things we consider toxic.”

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