EPA CONFIRMS THAT FRACKING POSES A RISK TO DRINKING WATER

4 06 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the EPA released a study that confirms that fracking poses a risk to drinking water sources. Fracking is inherently dirty and dangerous. In a review of its records, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that 234 private drinking water wells had been contaminated by drilling and fracking. In Colorado, more than 340 leaks or spills that contaminated groundwater have been reported. In New Mexico, state records document 743 such instances. These examples offer just a glimpse of the dangers posed by dirty fracking.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

“The EPA’s water quality study confirms what millions of Americans already know – that dirty oil and gas fracking contaminates drinking water.

“Unfortunately, the EPA chose to leave many critical questions unanswered. For example, the study did not look at this issue under the lens of public health and ignored numerous threats that fracking poses to drinking water. The EPA must conduct a comprehensive study that results in action to protect public health.

“Instead of blindly allowing destructive fracking to continue in our communities, we should extend statewide fracking bans, like the one in New York, and moratoriums, like the one in Maryland, that will keep dirty, climate-polluting fossil fuels like fracked gas in the ground and invest in truly clean, renewable sources of energy that don’t come with the threat of poisoned drinking water and climate disaster.”

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Deborah J. Nardone, Associate Director
Keeping Dirty Fuels in the Ground Initiative

Our Wild America
Sierra ClubO:  814-308-9767
C: 814-932-6668

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