Landmark EPA Study Shows Fracking Has No Widespread Impact on Drinking Water
The prevailing argument against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has recently been blown out of the water by the EPA after a nearly four-year study, the results of which were recently released in draft form. For years, environmentalists have asserted that fracking leads to pervasive contamination of drinking water, but the EPA found that to not be the case. While isolated cases of water contamination did appear in the study, these incidents had nothing to do with the fracking process itself, effectively vindicating longtime promoters of this extraction technique.
Irresponsible Fracking Is the Problem
The EPA study reveals what the team at JHP and anyone else who has extensively studied the scientific literature have known for decades: hydraulic fracturing is safe when performed properly. Operator error and failure to comply with industry and state regulations are the real threats to the environment and, more specifically, to drinking water supplies. According to the report, these irresponsible practices include spilling fracturing fluids and water, directly fracking into drinking water resources, not properly treating and discharging wastewater, and making errors with casing or cementing. The bottom line is that the EPA has not condemned fracking in any way; it has merely pointed out some vulnerabilities in the process when regulations and standards are not followed to the letter.
The Fracking Debate Continues
While the study concluded that hydraulic fracturing has not led to “widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources,” don’t expect staunch environmentalists to back down on the debate anytime soon. Opponents of fracking have already latched onto the handful of cases of water contamination outlined in the report, even though these were localized instances due to negligence or unrelated sources of contamination. While a U.S. government agency has now provided solid evidence that drinking water is not threatened by responsible fracking practices, ultimately, it is up to each state to review the scientific evidence and hopefully concur that fracking is safe when best practices are upheld, bringing more prosperity to areas where bans were once enacted.
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