For years Republicans have tried to downplay the dangers of the fracking. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe claims that there has “never been one case, documented case, of groundwater contamination.”
Fox News has also tried to defy reality by saying that fracking poses no risk to drinking water. Most shockingly John Stossel has claimed that methane in water “happens naturally” and “has nothing to do with fracking… weird stuff happens.”
All you have to do is watch the documentary “Gasland” to see that Stossel is full of gas himself.
Now, a recent study from the EPA, that has been validated by an independent expert proves groundwater can be contaminated by fracking.
Last year the EPA found evidence that dangerous chemicals had contaminated water near rigs in Pavillion, Wyoming. The report released earlier this week states that:
After consideration of the evidence presented in the EPA report and in URS (2009 and 2010), it is clear that hydraulic fracturing (fracking [Kramer 2011]) has caused pollution of the Wind River formation and aquifer… The EPA’s conclusion is sound.
The report goes on to say that the geology of the area and shoddy construction of the site played a role in the contamination. The geology of any given area plays a direct role in whether or not groundwater is at risk.