A key argument in the debate against hydro fracturing is that the practice leads to contamination of groundwater and other natural resources. This has led to a number of moratoriums and bans on the local level, but a new study has been released that shows another possible negative side effect of fracking. This Guardian article outlines the results of the study and the stresses that the process has on our water supplies. This is an especially large problem for those areas already affected by draught. The article even mentions the correlation between shale fracturing and areas affected by draught, and provides a graph to this effect.
Do you think that this article is calling attention to an issue that isn’t a real problem? In other words, is this fear-mongering? Is this an important study to publicize? Why or why not? Is the graph provided effective for illustrating the article’s meaning?