EPA Report States Fracking Does Not Impact Drinking Water
Posted on: 11/06/2015

For many years the Environmental Protection Agency has been investigating the impact of hydraulic fracturing on underground drinking water supplies, and recently these studies have concluded that fracking does not have a detrimental effect in relation to drinking water supplies.

This comes as a shock announcement to those who take a moral stance against fracking on account of its ‘environmental impact’, with underground drinking water risk occurring as the most common argument.

The EPA report, originally started in 2011, has said: “We conclude there are above and below ground mechanisms by which hydraulic fracturing activities have the potential to impact drinking water resources”. But, “we did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systematic impacts on drinking water resources.”

Whilst this is positive news for the fracking industry, the EPA study did highlight some concerns over activities associated with hydraulic fracking that could cause negative impact. These included casing or cementing errors, wastewater discharge and water withdrawals.

However if all regulations are followed EPA recommended that none of the aforementioned would cause contamination of drinking water. Therefore as long as fracking is done in the correct and proper manner it is perfectly safe in regards to drinking water.

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