Citing spills as a major source of drinking water contamination, today Earthworks submitted 3 pages of comments on EPA’s study of potential effects of fracking on drinking water.
Earthworks’ Executive Director Jennifer Krill said in a statement:
“In its June study on fracking’s impacts on water, EPA cited more than 140 waste spills alone that contaminated water. And they found those instances despite industry obstruction, and despite not looking in places where community complaints and EPA’s own investigations suggested such pollution was occurring. Thanks to political interference, EPA wasn’t looking for ‘evidence of widespread systemic pollution’ from fracking-related development. But they found it anyway.”
Please accept these comments on behalf of Earthworks, a national non-profit organization that protects communities and the environment from the impacts of energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. These comments primarily focus on Chapter 7 of EPA’s report dealing with flowback and produced water.
To begin, we believe the unequivocal conclusion from the report is that hydraulic fracturing contaminates drinking water resources. For instance, looking narrowly at the pollution pathway of spills from flowback and produced water, EPA identified 225 such spills of which 146 reached environmental receptors (soil, surface water, or groundwater). These spills totaled at least 1.6 million liters (422,000 gallons).