Houston, TX – Consumer Energy Alliance President David Holt expressed confidence after reviewing the preliminary results of a U.S. Department of Energy report which is monitoring water quality near natural gas drilling sites in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania.

“Energy consumers count safety as a priority, which is what makes the initial report from the DOE study encouraging.   This information is exactly what the nation’s consumers need to balance the negative rhetoric and dishonest documentaries that falsely raise concerns about the impact from drilling for natural gas.  CEA will continue to track the progress of the study.  It is critical energy consumers have the facts about how natural gas is brought to market.”

The National Energy Technology Laboratory located in South Park, PA is conducting a study “to monitor for any signs of groundwater contamination as a result of hydraulic fracturing operations at a site on the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania.”  The study is expected to be complete before the end of 2013.  The lab noted there were no signs of concerns but did caution “the results are far too preliminary.”