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Study concludes fracking poses no ‘widespread impact on drinking water’


A draft report from the EPA’s multi-year study on hydraulic fracturing has concluded that the extraction process has “not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources,” nor did the decade-long spread of fracking cause extensive damage to groundwater resources.

“These findings only support what we already knew: while protecting our environment, hydraulic fracturing has helped position the U.S. as an energy super power and created thousands of jobs,” said PESA President Leslie Beyer.

The comprehensive study, which has been hailed by the EPA’s Office of Research and Development as “the most complete compilation of scientific data,” includes 950 sources of information, published papers, and numerous peer-reviewed technical and scientific reports.

Results of the study corroborate with a long list of formal reviews previously performed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Government Accountability Office, and Groundwater Protection Council.




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