A group of scientists has released new evidence that shows the Blue Rock drilling process in New Jersey may be hazardous.
The report, which was published Wednesday in the journal Nature, says chemicals, including carbon monoxide and benzene, were found in a sample of Blue Rock water used to drill for oil and gas.
The chemical testing came after a group of New Jersey residents filed a lawsuit against the company that owns the site.
The group, which included environmental scientists, says the drilling process may be a health hazard, and it is not yet clear whether drilling for oil will be allowed.
The company is based in North Carolina.
It also owns several drilling sites in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.