Another example of industry influence.
AP Exclusive: Wyo. state officials pushed EPA to delay reporting fracking contamination study
MEAD GRUVER Associated Press
EPA briefed state regulators giving them more than a month to spin the results before they released the information to the public.
Gov. Matt Mead contacted EPA Director Lisa Jackson and persuaded her to hold off any announcement, according to state emails and an interview with the governor. The more than 11,000 emails made available to AP in response to a state records request show that Wyoming officials took advantage of the postponement to “take a hard line” and coordinate an “all-out press” against the EPA in the weeks leading up to the announcement Dec. 8.
AP got over 11,000 email so you need to read the entire article but here is one additional tidbit:
“Contaminants present at high concentrations in the deep monitoring wells are likely a result of hydraulic fracturing,” read a “Key Findings” slide in an EPA PowerPoint shown at the meeting. Each slide was marked “Confidential–Do Not Disclose.”
The public announcement more than a month later stated that the groundwater “contains compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing.”
We will make no meaningful progress until industry influence is eliminated from our government and from corrupting science.