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Frackers, not EPA, are dodging water contamination issue

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By Alan Septoff

January 8, 2013

CORRECTION: An important part of this blog post is incorrect. One fracking company, Chesapeake Energy, has volunteered to take part in a prospective (before drilling/fracking and after) case study with EPA.

  The AP ran a story yesterday titled EPA's Fracking Study May Dodge Water Contamination Frequency Issue. That title is misleading.

Because if EPA’s final draft doesn’t address the frequency of water contamination, it will be fracking companies -- not EPA -- that did the dodging.

Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources, is the first extensive federal scientific inquiry into the impacts of fracking.  Earthworks applauds it.

As part of that study, EPA wants to test groundwater quality near an oil or gas well drill site, before drilling/fracking and after.  It’s only common sense that a study of fracking’s impacts on water would involve testing whether fracking impacts water.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, disclosure, loopholes, fracking study


GAO report supports Earthworks’ fracking enforcement findings

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By Alan Septoff

October 12, 2012

Last month the Government Accountability Office issued a new report Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: Key environmental and public health requirements.

Regarding obstacles to enforcement, GAO’s findings – which they drew from interviews with pertinent federal and state agencies – corroborate several of Earthworks’ findings in our recent report, Breaking All the Rules: The crisis in oil & gas regulatory enforcement. Although the GAO report is more federally focused, the findings highlight themes common across state and federal regulatory agencies. Including:

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