EPA Report on Fracking Crushes Environmentalist Claim
4-year study found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution
An exhaustive study by the Environmental Protection Agency on fracking’s impact on drinking water has left green alarmists “dismayed.” After conducting an extensive four-year study on the issue, the EPA found no signs of “widespread, systemic” impacts on drinking water.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited report on fracking dismayed liberal green groups Thursday while pleasing the oil and gas industry — the latest episode in both sides’ fraught relationship with President Barack Obama.
The study, more than four years in the making, said the EPA has found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution from hydraulic fracturing. That conclusion dramatically runs afoul of one of the great green crusades of the past half-decade, which has portrayed the oil- and gas-extraction technique as a creator of fouled drinking water wells and flame-shooting faucets.
Thursday’s congressionally mandated EPA report, a compilation of past studies, found isolated incidents in which water pollution was attributable to the use of fracking. But it failed to back up the idea that fracking poses a major threat to water supplies, contradicting years of activists’ warnings dramatized by images of burning tap water in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland.”
Citing anti-drilling activist Rachel Richardson, Jazz Shaw notes that “the people who constantly remind us that the Republicans are the anti-science party were quick to make it clear that they have zero interest in any science which doesn’t agree with their predefined narrative.”
“This study’s main finding flies in the face of fracking’s dangerous reality,” said Richardson, director of Environment America’s Stop Drilling program. “The fact is, dirty drilling has caused documented, widespread water contamination across the country.”
Flashback: Matt Damon’s anti-fracking flop, Promised Land, which Phelim McAleer (director of FrackNation) pointed out was based on debunked claims of water contamination in Dimock, Pennyslvannia, and was laterprotested by the very people whose land it was filmed on as being deliberately deceptive: