Is fracking a danger to mineral water resources?
Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas that is stored at great depths in dense shale bedrock. Pumping a water/sand/chemical mixture under high pressure into the shale breaks the rock and releases the natural gases. Part of this mixture remains permanently underground. As a mineral water company, we take this topic very seriously, as fracking carries the risk of the chemicals used during the process finding their way into mineral or drinking water resources above the fracked bedrock. Even though the Gerolstein region is not suited to fracking, Gerolsteiner together with the Association of German Mineral Springs (VDM), align ourselves with the risk assessment by the German Federal Environmental Agency. We support the demand to not allow fracking in areas used for drinking water production and where there are medicinal springs and mineral water resources.