Fracking won’t harm drinking water

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a report on whether hydraulic fracturing damages America’s water supply.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, commented on the EPA report on hydraulic fracturing that again confirmed the extraction process has “not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”

“EPA’s report on hydraulic fracturing confirms what we have known for over 60 years when the process began in Duncan, Oklahoma – hydraulic fracturing is safe,” said Inhofe.  “This is the latest in a series of failed attempts by the administration to link hydraulic fracturing to systematic drinking water contamination. The Obama administration is now zero for four.

“Despite Congress’ intent that the EPA study focus on the actual act of hydraulic fracturing conducted thousands of feet below ground, the agency grossly expanded the scope of the study and still came up empty. Although the EPA claims some vulnerabilities may exist, it doesn’t take tens of millions of dollars to know that hydraulic fracturing conducted directly into formations containing drinking water resources or intentionally spilling fluids into water supplies isn’t a good idea, and is why nobody does it. The EPA, the United States Geological Survey and others have said that hydraulic fracturing is indeed safe.

“My state is home to FracFocus, a national chemical registry that has the endorsement of the  federal government. This program shows that states are in the best position to understand their unique geologies and to determine what regulations are necessary while also supporting economic opportunity for their communities.”

In October, the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC), a nonprofit organization comprised of state regulatory agencies focused on the protection of water resources, released a comprehensive report highlighting the cutting edge oil and natural gas regulatory structures of states, including those concerning hydraulic fracturing.