New Study, EPA Report Highlight Fracking’s Risk to Groundwat

New Study, EPA Report Highlight Fracking’s Risk to Groundwat

Postby Oscar » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:58 pm

New Study, EPA Report Highlight Fracking’s Risk to Groundwater

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Oil and gas industry claims undercut by growing body of research.

By Andrew Nikiforuk , 17 Dec 2016 |

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for two decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee. His book on the history of hydraulic fracking and Jessica Ernst, Slick Water, was awarded top honors by the U.S. National Association of Science Writer’s this year. Find his previous stories here: [ ]

Another U.S. study has found that hydraulic fracking, which triggers small- to medium-sized earthquakes, can change the chemistry and quality of groundwater.

The report comes at the same time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final version of its five-year-long study on fracking [ ... eid=332990 ], which confirms that all stages of the brute force technology “can impact and have impacted drinking water resources” and that impacts vary “in frequency and severity” depending on location, the scale of operations, and technologies used.

The findings put to rest claims by the oil and gas industry and its regulators that hydraulic fracturing is entirely safe and proven.

In 2010, for example, Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and now President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state [ ... exxonmobil ], told a Congressional hearing [ ], “There have been over a million wells hydraulically fractured in the history of the industry, and there is not one, not one, reported case of a freshwater aquifer having ever been contaminated from hydraulic fracturing. Not one.”


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