Are Fracking Wastewater Wells Poisoning the Ground beneath Our Feet?

Leaking injection wells may pose a risk--and the science has not kept pace with the growing glut of wastewater

Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation's geology as an invisible dumping ground.

No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia.

There are growing signs they were mistaken.

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