David Minton, MBR
In this Oct. 15, 2013 photo, crews work at an EagleRidge Operating natural gas well in Denton, Texas. A petition with more than 2,000 signatures that was presented at City Hall in an attempt to force the city council to consider a ban on hydraulic fracturing, Wednesday May 7, 2014, in Denton. A recently adopted temporary ban is in place until September, but fracking opponents want to make that permanent through an ordinance that would prohibit the practice in Denton. (AP Photo/The Denton Record-Chronicle, David Minton)
Here's a simple truth about drilling for oil and gas: Nearly every well ever drilled passes through a water table, and if not constructed properly, all of them can pollute drinking water.
This is a fact that drillers have addressed for decades, long before hydraulic fracturing of shale rock became possible or popular. In the long history of oil and gas exploration, protecting the groundwater has always been an issue, and thousands of times, if not millions, someone has...