Publications

Assessment of Groundwater Sampling Results Completed by the USGS

September 30, 2012 • Tom Myers PhD for Earthworks, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council

Technical memo analyzing whether US Geological Survey sampling validates EPA investigation into Pavillion groundwater pollution by fracking

EARTHblog

Drilling industry executive admits that oversupply, not regulations, responsible for decreased drilling

November 5, 2009 • Alan Septoff

The drilling industry claims, over and over, that rules that better protect landowners, public health and the environment reduce the industry's willingness to drill.

It's a canard, of course.

EARTHblog

Well, Frack! EPA Water Investigation in Rural Wyoming Strikes a Nerve with the Oil and Gas Industry

August 25, 2009 • Jennifer Goldman

Some Pavillion, Wyoming landowners have water that smells and tastes like gasoline.  It s cloudy, and particles float in it.  It didn t used to be this way.

Media Releases

EPA Confirms Drinking Water Contamination by Toxics Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

August 14, 2009

Pavillion, WY, August 14, 2009 - This week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a group of over 70 that initial investigations found 11 of 39 tested drinking water wells were contaminated. Among the contaminants are toxics used in oil and gas production.

As part of a Superfund investigation, EPA began sampling in March 2009 in the Pavillion, WY area in response to multiple landowners concerns about changes in water quality and quantity following EnCana's increased gas development in the area. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) and EnCana had continually assured Pavillion residents that there was no evidence of hydrocarbons or toxic chemicals in their drinking water wells.

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