In private conversations, however, high-ranking agency officials acknowledge that fierce pressure from the drilling industry and its powerful allies on Capitol Hill – as well as financial constraints and a delicate policy balance sought by the White House — is squelching their ability to scrutinize not only the effects of oil and gas drilling, but other environmental protections as well.
ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten lines out for us how the EPA has been pressured to back off each time their science finds proof water contaminated by fracking, EPA’s Abandoned Wyoming Fracking Study One Retreat of Many. President Obama should allow the EPA to do its work unfettered by paid industry protectors like Senator Inhofe. The public has a right to know!
- Dimock, PA – “As drilling has resumed in Dimock, so have reports of ongoing methane leaks. On June 24, the National Academy of Sciences published a report by Duke University researchers that underscored a link between the methane contamination in water in Dimock and across the Marcellus shale, and the gas wells being drilled deep below.” The industry says methane is naturally occurring in the water.
- Parker County, Texas – ‘”The methane that was coming out of that well … was about as close a match as you are going to find,” said the consultant, Geoffrey Thyne, a geochemist and expert in unconventional oil and gas who has been a member of both the EPA’s Science Advisory Board for hydraulic fracturing, and a National Research Council committee to examine coalbed methane development.”‘ The EPA stands behind their science. link Keep watching…
- Methane leaking – The real story about methane and the EPA estimates.
- Diesel fuel – did not enforce ban on using diesel in fracking. The Ruggiero’s baseline water test showed their water was clean and safe. Follow up testing after fracking found very high levels of MTBE and additive used in diesel fuel.
- Pavillion, WY – “methane, arsenic, and metals including copper and vanadium – as well as other compounds –in shallow water wells…2-butoxyethanol phosphate (2-BEp), benzene at 50 times the level that is considered safe for people, aphenols — another dangerous human carcinogen — acetone, toluene, naphthalene and traces of diesel fuel… Agency officials insist their data was correct…”
The public has a right to know! Back off the EPA and let them do their job!