EPA links Hydraulic Fracturing with Groundwater Pollution
In a draft report made public last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency linked hydraulic fracturing with groundwater contamination in Wyoming _ a first-of-its-kind conclusion by the federal agency that could trigger new scrutiny of the practice used to extract oil and natural gas nationwide.
The EPA announced its findings as part of a three-year probe into possible groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyo.
In a draft report, the agency said it had discovered synthetic chemicals — including glycols and alcohols — associated with gas production and hydraulic fracturing fluids inside deep water wells in the region.
Although the study is limited to a gas field in Wyoming and is only in a draft form, the EPA’s finding could be a game changer for the oil and gas industry, which has insisted that hydraulic fracturing is safe and should be regulated solely by state officials, rather than the federal government.
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