Both the Environmental Working Group and today's NYT published information today about a 1987 EPA report of a water well contaminated by fracking fluids in West Virginia. See http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-report-fracking-contaminated-drinking-water
Apparently this report concluded fracking fluids had returned from depth to a water well and has been hiding in plain sight, concealed by the passing of 24 years. The case is also a reminder that fracking is not new and has been used in America for decades and decades.
Scrutiny of this report and case is a good thing. I am glad to see a full discussion about it, though I am not able to make any judgments at this point about the case at the heart of today's reports.
I can say that I directed testing for frack fluids and chemicals in water wells when I served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Testing always proved no contamination from frack fluids, but did confirm in some cases that gas drilling had contaminated with methane some water wells.
Duke University's study of water wells in Pennsylvania also found no contamination of water wells with fracking fluids or chemicals, but it too confirmed some cases of methane contamination of water wells as result of drilling.
I have also been fully supportive of the Congressionally-mandated EPA study of fracking. The study is moving ahead and will include 3 locations in Pennsylvania. That study will be an important contribution.