MICROBES IN SHALE DEPOSITS COULD HELP ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND CAPITALISTS

“Fracking” is a dirty word…or it is if you are a tree hugger and not a shareholder in the company exploring for or extracting hydrocarbons. But there is a group of people who are only concerned with researching the microbes living in shale deposits  with the hope of learning how these microbes metabolise fracking fluids. One such research group at Ohio State University is hoping to develop a computer model which can predict fluid movement from shale formations to groundwater aquifers.

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