Watching Government: No easy answers from USGS study

Research by the US Geological Survey may begin to help public well water managers identify how vulnerable their systems are to contamination, but the study that USGS released on Aug. 5 identified more variables than culprits. Essentially, it raised more questions than answers. The study by USGS's National Water Quality Assessment Program certainly won't bolster arguments on either side of the debate over US unconventional oil and gas onshore supply development's possible impacts on drinking water supplies. Advocates on either side who are looking for easy answers will simply need to look elsewhere. Everyone else will find new information about factors possibly affecting which contaminants...

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