A new study shows how dangerous carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants can help prevent drinking water contamination caused by fracking, according to a New Scientist report.
In an experiment that simulated the conditions of an area with extensive fracking activities, researchers from the University of Virginia found that pumping CO2 emissions into fracking wells converted silicate minerals in rocks to solid carbonate deposits, keeping contaminants away from drinking water.
However, researchers said that fluids used during fracking may still leak into aquifers and pollute drinking water sources.
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