There's only one week left to tell the EPA that their fracked report on water contamination is unacceptable. Sign here to have your comment included before the Aug. 28 deadline!
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study that was quoted in many headlines as finding that fracking poses no “widespread” risk to drinking water.1 But even that summary is a lie and we're running out of time to disprove it.
The EPA itself admits it doesn't really have the evidence to prove fracking is safe (or dirty) -- because their study is based on what limited information the fracking industry decided to share with them.2 What this report really shows is the ongoing, systemic connection between the fracking industry and EPA -- and a troubling trail of evidence linking fracking to pollution and public health problems.
But it’s not too late to tell the EPA to retract this report and President Obama to stop supporting fracking. Click here to tell the EPA and President Obama to come clean on the dangers of fracking.
The most important reason not to trust this study on fracking’s impact on drinking water: The EPA is a bunch of fracking liars. In July 2013, an investigative report in the Los Angeles Times revealed that EPA officials in Washington, D.C. chose to close an investigation of polluted drinking water in Pennsylvania despite evidence that found “significant damage to the water quality.”3 An EPA PowerPoint Presentation released on DeSmog blog by investigative journalist Steve Horn showed that fracking investigations were similarly shut down in Wyoming and Texas at the same time that the Obama Administration embraced fracked gas during the 2012 Presidential election.4
In addition, the frackers are hiding the pollution, and we know it: Protected by Dick Cheney's Halliburton loophole, the fracking industry has operated in almost complete secrecy about what chemicals they're pumping into the ground, and how those chemicals might impact our health. But even without EPA's help (which we really should have had) researchers and public health experts have discovered an alarming trail of evidence indicating that fracking pollutes our water and harms public health.5
You and I know the truth, but as long as the EPA -- and by extension the whole Obama Administration -- are standing behind this report it will be hard to convince the public to ban fracking. There's still time, but not much, to stop this fracked report with a massive wave of public comments --including yours. Click here to send your comment to the EPA before it's too late.
Drew and the fracking-facts crew at Environmental Action
1. Kelly, Sharon. "EPA's New Fracking Study: A Close Look At The Numbers Buried In The Fine Print." DESMOG. June 25, 2015.
2. Hudson, Drew. You Can't Trust The EPA On Fracking. Environmental Action. June 4, 2015.
3. Neela Banerjee, Message is mixed on fracking, Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2013
4. Ryan Tracy, EPA Drops Fracking Probe in Wyoming, Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2013
5. Environment America, EPA study understates dangers of fracking, June 4, 2015