Fracking on University of Texas Lands: The Environmental Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Land Owned by the University of Texas System

Frontier Group and Environment Texas / by Jeff Inglis and Luke Metzger

[Austin Statesman-American] The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report [attached] to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank.

At least 1.6 million gallons of oil, saltwater and other pollutants have spilled from wells and associated equipment on UT System-owned land since 2008, said the report, which drew from system and Texas Railroad Commission records.

In addition, the report said, vast quantities of methane, which is linked to global warming, have been released by the 4,132 wells drilled since 2005 that were subjected to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals are injected under pressure to create fractures in rock that coax oil and natural gas out of the ground.


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