Title: Major Research Gaps in New Groundwater Study Author: Katie Brown, PhD Publisher: Energy In Depth Date: May 26, 2015 Full Text Article Summary: Energy In Depth finds major gaps in the Llewellyn et. al study “Evaluating a groundwater supply contamination incident attributed to Marcellus Shale gas development,” which had attempted to attribute water
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