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EPA Reverses Course with Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources. The report stated that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances, and also identifies uncertainties and data gaps.  The agency claims that these uncertainties and data gaps limited the ability to fully assess impacts to drinking water resources both locally and nationally.

“More than 950 studies, reviews, and scientific assessments supported EPA’s original conclusion, and to retract science and proven research is irresponsible,” said PESA President Leslie Beyer.

PESA member companies led the development of hydraulic fracturing decades ago, a process that has been used on more than two million oil and gas wells across the country.  According to Beyer, “The oilfield service, supply, and manufacturing sector continues to see hydraulic fracturing as an environmental, economic, and energy security success story that should be embraced as a win for our nation.”

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