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Thursday, June 04, 2015

EPA Looks at the Science and Finds Hydraulic Fracturing is No Threat to Drinking Water

A hydraulic fracturing site located atop the Marcellus shale
rock formation in Pennsylvania. Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg.
by Sean Hackbarth, Contributing Author: Hydraulic fracturing, when done correctly, is safe and saves Americans money. The science says so.

EPA looked at scientific studies, government, NGO, and industry data and concluded that hydraulic fracturing has not had "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water."

For those of us closely involved in the debate over shale energy, this report simply reaffirms what previous science has shown, as Katie Brown explains at Energy In Depth:EPA's study actually builds upon a long list of studies that show the fracking process poses an exceedingly low risk of impacting underground sources of drinking water. It corroborates a "landmark study" by the U.S. Department of Energy in which the researchers injected tracers into hydraulic fracturing fluid and found no groundwater contamination after twelve months of monitoring. It is also in line with reports by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Government Accountability Office, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Groundwater Protection Council, to name just a few."The results of EPA's exhaustive new analysis of hydraulic fracturing should not come as a surprise," Christopher Guith, senior vice president for policy at the Institute for 21st Century Energy, said. "As the scope of America's shale oil and gas opportunities have become understood, states and industry have developed regulatory environments and practices that ensure that hydraulic fracturing is done safely."

In light of EPA's study, some people have some reevaluating to do:
This study shows that states are successfully regulating hydraulic fracturing and duplicative federal rules aren't needed. "Shale energy development continues to be a major economic driver of our economy, and it is critical that the federal government does not layer on duplicative and unnecessary regulations," said Guith.

As for hydraulic fracturing opponents, they need to stop denying the science.
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Sean Hackbarth is a policy advocate and Senior Editor at U.S Chamber of Commerce. He twitters at @seanhackbarth and is a contributing author at the ARRA News Service.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Ron Swartz said...

The most conservative solution is to stop exporting oil and gas to countries like China we export more than we import. If we stop exporting we could not only stop importing from countries that hate us we could also slow down on fracking until either it can be made safe or we use other sources of energy. Such as wind solar and bio fuels made from hemp.

There have been contaminations here in Pa from the fracking companies. The EPA http://www.globalresearch.ca/fracking-suicide-capitalism-poisons-the-earths-fresh-water-supplies/5368362

6/05/2015  
Anonymous Ron Swartz said...

The EPA Environmental Propaganda Agency needs to look at what is going on. http://wivb.com/2014/08/28/243-cases-in-pa-where-fracking-contaminated-wells/ Cleaner methods of abstraction can and must be developed. We cannot afford to ruin our water and be forced to depend on other countries for our food and big government water systems to replace what nature gives us now for free.

6/05/2015  
Anonymous Steven Swenson said...

Kinda what we told them before they spent our money.

6/08/2015  

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