Yes, Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

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Michael Krancer wants to keep pretending that fracking can’t poison drinking water, but a new independent analysis out of Wyoming confirms that it definitely can:

A recent study from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing had contaminated groundwater has just been validated by an independent hydrology expert.

The impact of natural gas drilling — particularly hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — on drinking water and groundwater has been heavily debated. It has also been one of the most serious PR issues for the oil and gas industry.

In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency found official evidence that poisonous chemicals from fracking had contaminated water near drill rigs in Pavillion, Wyoming. That study has now been backed up by an independent expert. In a report released today, commissioned by several environmental groups, Dr. Tom Myers writes that:

After consideration of the evidence presented in the EPA report and in URS (2009 and 2010), it is clear that hydraulic fracturing (fracking [Kramer 2011]) has caused pollution of the Wind River formation and aquiferThe EPA’s conclusion is sound.

But of course, on the very same day, Michael Krancer is reassuring Delaware that their drinking water will be just fine if the Delaware River Basin is opened to fracking:

Pennsylvania has pushed the DRBC to open up Wayne and Pike counties to gas drilling. Secretary Krancer calls the delay “100 percent unadulterated political.” He says Delaware has no reason to worry about water quality.

(Thanks: Jessica Goad)

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2 Responses to Yes, Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

  1. Julieann Wozniak says:

    Unfortunately for Pennsylvanians, PADEP only supports science that is politically vetted and approved by their corporate paymasters. You can read a preview by going to the Marcellus Drilling News blog, which is already ridiculing the new research and classifying it as “anti-fracking.” Undoubtedly, their version of science also proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the earth is flat and climate change is a left-wing lie.