Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hidden 1987 EPA Report Reveals Fracking Causes Water Contamination - DOCUMENT AVAILABLE

Email to Request: EPA Report to Congress (PDF) on the Management of Waste from the Exploration, Development, and Production of Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Geothermal Energy (Volumes 1-3).

This is a 1987 report to Congress by the Environmental Protection Agency that deals with waste from the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and geothermal energy. It states that hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, can cause groundwater contamination. It cites as an example a case in which hydraulic fracturing fluids contaminated a water well in West Virginia. The report also describes the difficulties that sealed court settlements created for investigators.

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Say it ain't so ... But fracking is causing water contamination, And its been a known issue to the natural gas industry and the EPA since the 1980's
The natural gas industry may deny, deny, deny. However, ever since 1984, the natural gas industry and the EPA has known that fracking causes water pollution.
A report produced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1987 concluded that hydraulic fracturing fluids used by Kaiser Exploration and Mining Company, in 1984, caused contamination of a well 600 feet away in West Virginia. Yes, you read that correctly, that was in 1984.
This report flies in the face of the mantra chanted over and over again by the oil and gas industry – that natural gas fracking techniques have never contaminated underground drinking water sources because the fracking takes place thousands of feet below drinking water sources. The report, which was written by Carla Greathouse, demonstrated that the fracturing fluid and natural gas the contaminated the well rendered the water unusable.

And this case isn’t unusual. In a recent article in The New York Times, Dan Derkics, who oversaw the research for the report stated that ...

“I can assure you that the Jackson County case was not unique. That is why the drinking water concerns are real.”

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