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Tue May 1, 2012, 03:46 PM

Confirmed: Hydraulic Fracturing Caused Drinking Water Contamination In Wyoming

Independent Analysis Confirms That Hydraulic Fracturing Caused Drinking Water Contamination In Wyoming
May 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm by Jessica Goad

A recent study from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing had contaminated groundwater has just been validated by an independent hydrology expert.

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In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency found official evidence that poisonous chemicals from fracking had contaminated water near drill rigs in Pavillion, Wyoming. That study has now been backed up by an independent expert. In a report released today, commissioned by several environmental groups, Dr. Tom Myers writes that:
After consideration of the evidence presented in the EPA report and in URS (2009 and 2010), it is clear that hydraulic fracturing (fracking [Kramer 2011]) has caused pollution of the Wind River formation and aquifer… The EPA’s conclusion is sound.


Myers then details the Pavillion area’s unique geology and water pathways, as well as the shoddy construction of the wells that likely contributed to water contamination. He also outlines a number of ways that EPA can improve on its analysis and continue to collect critical data.

When EPA released the draft findings last December, the natural gas industry and its elected allies were quick to pounce and attacked it as “scientifically questionable,” “reckless,” and lacking “a definitive conclusion.”

Importantly, Myers notes in his report that:
The situation at Pavillion is not an analogue for other gas plays because the geology and regulatory framework may be different.


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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/05/01/474711/independent-analysis-confirms-that-hydraulic-fracturing-caused-drinking-water-contamination-in-wyoming/

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kristopher May 2012 OP
Politicalboi May 2012 #1
louis-t May 2012 #2
enough May 2012 #3
FogerRox May 2012 #4
limpyhobbler May 2012 #5

Response to kristopher (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:10 PM

1. Oh but

 

Fracking is friendly. When will we EVER learn.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #1)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:19 PM

2. And so "safe" according to the gas industry commercials.

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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:04 PM

3. k&r (nt)

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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 06:02 PM

4. Thanks for the update, somehow I'm not surprised.

The report is damning. Lack of casing thru aquifer depths, inconsistent cementing. Check out paragraph 3 of the summary.

http://docs.nrdc.org/energy/files/ene_12050101a.pdf



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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2012, 12:25 AM

5. fracking sucks, nt

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