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Landmark EPA study of fracking praised, but it dodges controversial impact on water

Published: Sun, January 6, 2013 @ 2:09 p.m.

Landmark EPA study of fracking praised, but it dodges controversial impact on water

Associated Press


An ongoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study on natural gas drilling and its potential for groundwater contamination has gotten tentative praise so far from both industry and environmental groups.

But a 275-page progress report in December shows that the EPA doesn’t plan to address one contentious issue — how often drinking water contamination might occur.

Both the industry and environmental groups agree contamination can occur but they disagree on how often, and many were hoping the EPA would weigh in on this.

The American Petroleum Institute, an industry lobby, says the study is “a first step” toward collaboration and stakeholder involvement.

Environmental group Earthworks welcomes the EPA study but has some concerns.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

so the government had a study done for potential ground water contamination from fracking and the report doesn't address it? And how many millions did we pay for this study?

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2Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The scope of the study was not limited to the effects for fracking on groundwater alone. The inability of the report to determine the likelihood of ground water contamination implies limited concern of groundwater contamination.

As far as the money spend on the study, how much do you think it should have cost?

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