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Science trumps politics, EPA confirms fracking pollutes drinking water

December 13, 2016 • Earthworks

"In releasing its final study, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources, today the Environmental Protection Agency definitively confirmed that hydraulic fracturing pollutes drinking water in multiple ways, including the overly restrictive definition that the oil and gas industry uses.

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Statement on SAB report concerning water pollution from fracking

August 12, 2016 • Earthworks
Yesterday's Science Advisory Board (SAB) report confirms what so many communities living with oil and gas have known for a long time. Fracking pollutes drinking water. SAB scientists overwhelmingly pushed back on the Environmental Protection Agency's initial finding that fracking… More »

Science Board Checks EPA on Fracking Water Study

February 22, 2016 • Aaron Mintzes

Last August, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a draft of their long-awaited study of water pollution from fracking. Readers of the 1000+ page voluminous report were treated to a parade of horribles describing numerous incidents of water contamination from across the country.

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President Obama promotes environmentally safe natural gas despite lack of supporting science

January 24, 2012 • Earthworks

“In tonight’s State of the Union speech, President Obama promoted increased, environmentally safe natural gas production to meet our nation’s energy needs.  President Obama is right that we don’t have trade energy production for the environment, but only if we wait for the science necessary to make informed decisions about how, where and whether to drill.

But his statement tonight made no mention of a growing body of evidence that drilling has serious known consequences, and much of those impacts have yet to be studied. Promoting gas production in the face of such evidence effectively prioritizes the profits of the oil and gas industry over the communities’ health, their drinking water, and the environment.

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Common sense verified: independent panel verifies EPA’s contention that mountaintop removal coal mining harms streams

October 1, 2010 • Alan Septoff

In yesterday's Charleston (WV) Gazette:

An independent science advisory team has issued a draft report that supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's conclusion that mountaintop removal is causing serious damage to Appalachian streams.

In a 75-page report, a 15-member panel of scientists from around the country agreed with EPA's conclusion that valley fills are increasing levels of electrical conductivity downstream from mining operations and threatening stream life.