EARTHblog » Aaron Mintzes
February 14, 2012
Yesterday, President Obama released his proposed FY 2013 budget. Once again Earthworks would like to thank the President for continuing to take on the hardrock mining industry from receiving a free ride on taxpayers while continuing to evade paying for over $50 billion in pollution from unreclaimed mine sites.
February 2, 2012
The Associated Press today printed a story today entitled “Reps scrutinize EPA fracking link in Wyo.” The article describes yesterday’s compelling hearing where the House majority called in to question the scientific credibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In December, the EPA issued a draft report linking the contamination of drinking water near Pavillion, WY to hydraulic fracturing activities by EnCana Inc. Since this is the first time a federal agency has acknowledged the dangers fracking poses to drinking water quality, drilling proponents needed to quickly circle the wagons.
Attack the Messenger
The EPA drilled monitoring wells in Pavillion and took measurements for benzene, a known carcinogen. Listening to the committee, we heard the House majority claim only that a second test at the monitoring wells revealed benzene levels half of what was discovered six months before. I guess the implication is that additional testing might reveal even lower levels. It took the minority to point out that the second test, though revealing benzene levels half the initial result from the first- still found benzene at 25 times its safe level.