To Frack or Not to Frack is Difficult to Decide

The impoundment berm bordering a Marcellus Shale gas play drilling pad in western Pennsylvania

Matt Damon and the 2012 film “The Promised Land” was a story about it. The Rolling Stones song “Doom and Gloom” is a song about it. And voters in Colorado and Ohio have weighed in on it. Lot of attention but nobody has the answer to the question to frack or not to frack?

“It’s a very complex subject,” said Sharon Anderson, environmental program leader for Cornell University Cooperative Extension. “The answer depends on a person’s role. For example, if …

Jeppe Kjaersgaard, South Dakota State University

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Jeppe “Yebbe” Kjaersgaard currently serves as the chair of the Drinking Water and Human Health Community of Practice. He is an assistant professor at the South Dakota Water Resources Institute at South Dakota State University. His interests include water protection, water analysis report interpretation, developing new technologies for on-farm water management to sustain profitability while addressing environmental concerns, and monitoring of water quality using remote sensing and ground-based equipment. He serves as a co-coordinator of the annual Big

Arsenic in Your Drinking Water?

Boy drinking water
Wherever you live, if you drink from a private well, get your water tested

Arsenic: colorless, tasteless, odorless, ubiquitous in nature, a favored homicidal agent since the first century. A naturally occurring element, arsenic exists in rocks and soils throughout the world.

In arsenic “hot spots,” natural processes can cause the toxic element to migrate into the water people tap for household wells. Exposure to arsenic through drinking water is linked to reduced immune function, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, …