As the keynote speaker at Gov. McDonnell’s energy conference yesterday, Hugh Pickens said fracking has no effect on drinking water:
Pickens played down growing fears about a particular method of extracting natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals to break up rock to release gas deposits.
Some are fearful that fluids or wastewater from fracking could contaminate drinking water.
Pickens said the practice has been used in Texas and Oklahoma for decades with no adverse environmental consequences.
“What you’re hearing up here about damage to aquifers, I don’t believe it,” he said.
Denying a fact does not render it untrue.