Starkey Citizens for a Clean & Healthy Environment
EPA Draft Report on Fracking

The EPA has issued its draft report on the impacts of fracking on drinking water. The preliminary findings are equivocal:

Major Findings

From our assessment, we conclude there are above and below ground mechanisms by which hydraulic fracturing activities have the potential to impact drinking water resources. These mechanisms include water withdrawals in times of, or in areas with, low water availability; spills of hydraulic fracturing fluids and produced water; fracturing directly into underground drinking water resources; below ground migration of liquids and gases; and inadequate treatment and discharge of wastewater.

We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States. Of the potential mechanisms identified in this report, we found specific instances where one or more mechanisms led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells. The number of identified cases, however, was small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells. This finding could reflect a rarity of effects on drinking water resources, but may also be due to other limiting factors.

These factors include: insufficient pre- and post-fracturing data on the quality of drinking water resources; the paucity of long term systematic studies; the presence of other sources of contamination precluding a definitive link between hydraulic fracturing activities and an impact; and the inaccessibility of some information on hydraulic fracturing activities and potential impacts.

In other words, there is no indication of widespread impacts, but localized impacts have been documented.

We urge you to read the full EPA report and not listen to the headlines from the industry:
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