EPA report is agency’s first linking fracking and water contamination

By on December 9, 2011

Chemicals associated with hydraulic fracturing were found in groundwater wells in Wyoming, according to a federal report. The report is the result of a three-year investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency and marks the first time the agency has linked the controversial natural gas extraction process with groundwater contamination.

While environmental groups have long criticized the practice for its potential to taint drinking water, natural gas development companies have maintained that hydraulic fracturing is safe. Gas industry proponents in Congress said the EPA’s report is politically motivated and should have been peer-reviewed before release.

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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