The Environmental Protection Agency's latest report on drinking water is all fracked up because they got most of the data came from frackers. Tell Administrator McCarthy we need a report with integrity that actually informs the public of the dangers of fracking.
This month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on fracking's potential impacts on drinking water. All I can say about this report is that it's all fracked up. For starters, the report contradicts itself by saying, "We did not find evidence that [hydraulic fracturing] led to widespread, systematic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."1 And then on the exact same page it states, "We found limitations that hamper the ability to fully assess the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources nationally,"1 -- What the Frack?
I understand if you're wondering how EPA can arrive at two different conclusions in the same report. This happened because EPA relied on data from the frackers instead of independent testing to determine the level of impacts on our water. That's why we have to tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to retract this incomplete assessment and release one that relies on actual science, not science fiction provided by the fracking industry.
Will you add your name to the growing chorus of concerned citizens who are calling on McCarthy to retract the fracked report?
The fact that fracking pollutes drinking water is no secret. Less than a month after the EPA report was released, a study of over 500 wells in Texas found high levels of fracking pollutants including volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and known carcinogens in drinking water.2 The report further concluded that the farther you get away from fracking operations, the better the water quality is.
So why would EPA release a report without all the facts, when other scientists are finding perfectly real and scary facts on their own? Well, this is not the first time that EPA has covered up fracking impacts. An investigative report in 2013 found that EPA closed investigations of fracked up drinking water in Pennsylvania and Wyoming, even though there was evidence of "significant damage to water quality."3 Now it seems like they're at it again with this most recent report. Even the title of the report is fracked up, since we all know that the "potential" impacts of fracking on drinking water are as clear to see as a flammable faucet.
We know we can't trust the fracking industry to protect our water. But we're supposed to be able to trust the EPA. That's why we need to tell Gina McCarthy to trash this report before it leads to more trashing of our drinking water. Please click here to add your name to this call.
Thank You for taking (environmental) action,
Anthony for Environmental Action
1. United States Environmental Protection Agency: Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources. June 4, 2015.
2. Kelly, Sharon. EPA's New Fracking Study: A Close Look At The Numbers Buried In The Fine Print. DESMOG. June 25, 2015.
3. Hudson, Drew. You Can't Trust The EPA On Fracking. Environmental Action. June 4, 2015.