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Shallow Groundwater Quality and Fayetteville Shale Production
January 15, 2013 | USGS

USGS has released a report about groundwater quality and geochemistry for the Fayetteville Shale gas production area.

A goal of the report was to compare analyses conducted prior to natural gas development with those conducted after drilling and production.

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