Thursday, June 4, 2015

EPA Finds No "Widespread, Systemic Impacts on Drinking Water"

The EPA released its long-awaited draft study, "Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources" today.  In examining "below ground mechanisms by which hydraulic fracturing activities have the potential to impact drinking water resources," the EPA concluded:
"We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."
The report does say that there is the potential for spills and leaks.  It also points out the vulnerabilities in the water life cycle in fracking, especially in disposal.  But the major finding is that there isn't a systemic problem with drinking water.

It's a big win for the oil and gas community.  Will it change the debate much?  Probably not.

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