Fracking Threatens Drinking Water

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is completing a study on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, and its potential impact on drinking water. The study looks at how the fracking water lifecycle can impact drinking water sources. The conclusions in the draft report were simple: fracking absolutely threatens drinking water.

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Confirmed: Fracking Threatens Drinking Water

"We've known for years that fracking and other oil and gas activities are a threat to drinking water," said John Noel, Clean Water Action's National Oil and Gas Campaigns Coordinator. "The final study discards the industry talking points that ignore the fact that fracking has the potential to contaminate water during every step of the process - from water acquisition through disposal."

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Fracking Threatens Drinking Water

The US Environmental Protection Agency “...found specific instances where one or more of these mechanisms led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells.”

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February 22, 2016

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December 18, 2015

EPA’s multi-year multimillion-dollar study of the impacts of fracking on drinking water on resources is important and will inform the debate around expanded oil and gas development for years to come.