On May 7, The New York Times reported that the Energy Department had appointed a panel of experts to “to find ways to make hydraulic fracturing, a fast-growing method of extracting natural gas, safer and cleaner.” The need for this was urgent, said the reporter, John M. Broder, because “there are also numerous documented cases in which fracking fluids leaked into aquifers and contaminated drinking water.”
On May 17, the Times made a slight adjustment to its earlier story (available through the same link):
An article on May 7 about the Obama administration’s appointment of a panel of experts to find ways to make hydraulic fracturing safer misstated the prevalence of cases in which fluids from the gas drilling process have been proven to have contaminated drinking water. There are few documented cases, not numerous ones, although federal and state investigations into reports of such incidents are continuing.
Since this is the Times, after all, there is passion even in the correction — or the admission, as Lachlan Markay says, that “the dangers of “fracking” are exactly the opposite of what the Times initially reported.”
The last sentence of the correction holds out hope that diligent investigations might still yield evidence that gravity works backwards underground, and fracking fluids might, perhaps through some tidal force, flow upwards through thousands of feet of impermeable geological layers towards the moon, in the course of which it can still pollute groundwater.
(H/T to Lachlan Markay at NewsBusters.org)