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But the truth is fracking--using water, sand, and a small amount of chemicals to break up shale rock thousands of feet below the surface to free oil and natural gas—isn’t a threat to drinking water.
From Energy In Depth:
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final results of its long awaited groundwater study. While the agency made some wording changes to its previous topline finding, the data have not changed. This study took five years to complete, and in that time EPA found nothing to suggest that fracking is a serious risk to groundwater. Because of this, the report only reinforces what EPA found previously – that “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.”
If fracking were a major threat to drinking water supplies, the data gathered by EPA would show it – but they don’t. If fracking were contaminating water on a widespread level, the evidence would also have been found in the dozens and dozens of peer-reviewed studies that have been conducted over the past decade. So perhaps contrary to its intention, EPA’s study officially closes the book on the environmental activists’ deliberate misinformation campaign.
Think of it like airplanes. Thousands of times a day, they take off and land with rarely any mishaps. Based on that, we call flying, “safe.” The same logic applies to fracking.
Like any industrial process, fracking has to be done properly to be safe. But by following industry best practices and upholding the multitude of regulations state agencies place on it, fracking is done safely.
This has been show in many instances where researchers closely studied the practice:
- Earlier this year, University of Cincinnati researchers—partly funded by fracking opponents—found “no evidence” that the practice harmed groundwater in the Utica shale in Ohio.
- A 2015 Yale University study didn’t find evidence of groundwater contamination in Pennsylvania natural gas wells.
- Energy Department scientists determined in 2014 that fracking fluid didn’t seep up thousands of feet to drinking water in natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale.
- In Pavilion, Wyoming, state environmental investigators found in 2015 there was “little evidence” that fracking caused ground water contamination.
The idea that fracking can cause someone’s water to become flammable is a fraud.
Here’s some more truth: Fracking has transformed the geopolitical energy landscape. The shale boom launched an American energy renaissance, has saved families money, and transformed the U.S. into an important exporter in world energy markets.
And as science shows, it’s being done safely.