For the first time, federal scientists have concluded in a new report that in at least one instance the controversial method of extracting natural gas from the ground can be linked to contaminated drinking water, according to a report by Pro Publica.

The case stems from a ground water contamination episode in Wyoming in which researchers say contamination near the town Pavillion was likely the result of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing — a method in which chemical-laden water is pumped at high pressure to fracture rock deep underground, thereby releasing trapped gas — due to the presence of fracking chemicals found in the water. The researchers say in a 121-page draft report the contaminants “had most likely seeped up from gas wells and contained at least 10 compounds known to be used in frack fluids,” Pro Publica reports.

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