Old oil wells and new fracking could be a dangerous mix

06/10/2013 | TexasTribune.org (Austin)

The Texas environment is affected by leaks from countless abandoned oil wells, many dating from the early 20th century. It's now feared that hydraulic fracturing techniques could jolt the old wells and release even more contaminants. "Not every unplugged well leads to pollution, but a high percentage of wells that are left unplugged do present pollution hazards," says Scott Anderson of the Environmental Defense Fund.

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