Industry advocate downplays report that reignited fracking debate

16 Aug 2016   Shale Oil, Water

A drilling industry advocacy group on Monday downplayed a report released last week by a scientific panel that called into question a major finding that the Environmental Protection Agency had published more than a year ago concerning the lack of evidence that hydraulic fracturing has had any negative impact on drinking water supplies. On Thursday, the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) said the EPA had failed to provide sufficient documentation to back up its assertion that the agency had found no evidence that fracking had led to “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.” The conclusion came in a 180-page report on the EPA’s June 2015 draft assessment on the potential impacts of fracking on drinking water. In an email Monday, Katie Brown, a spokeswoman for pro-drilling industry group Energy In Depth, said the SAB report does not refute the EPA’s original finding. “The panel […]

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