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Your profile of Kathy Neset was interesting, but your reporter neglected to ask one critical question about the well on her farm where she gets “her own private drinking water,” and which is “close to fracking sites”: where do those fracking sites dump their wastewater (of which there is usually a considerable amount)? (“Oil Boom,” Classes, January/February). I don’t imagine it’s anywhere near Kathy Neset’s well. I wonder where it does go.
    

Bob Buhr ’77 MA ’78 PhD
London, England
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05/28/13
 
waste water from fracking is first reused and eventually pumped into a salt water disposal well "SWD". 
 
These wells are drilled into underground formations where the subsurface aquifer is naturally filled with water with a high brine and minerals content and is unsuitable for drinking or agricultural purposes, yet it can accommodate the injection of the frack water. 
 
The SWD is separated by thousands of feet of impervious rock barriers from fresh water aquifers
 
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