EPA Wyoming Fracking

EPA Drops Fracking Case in Wyoming

Cheyenne Wyoming – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its plans to have a group of independent scientist review their research on hydraulic fracturing and the possibilities of it contributing to ground water pollution in central Wyoming.  In a statement released Thursday, June 20th, the EPA said they were standing by their findings and data, but turning over any further investigation to the state.  The area has been a subject of controversy since the EPA released their finding in 2011.  The EPA said they were confident in the state’s ability to carry on the investigation, but stopped short of any confirmation of their findings.  Officials in Wyoming have been very skeptical about the EPA’s theory all along, but said they will continue the investigation and feel confident they can complete the work.
Many throughout the oil industry feel this is another victory in defeating what they called “flawed science” about the effects of fracking.   In Texas, January of 2011, the EPA dropped another case after the Texas Railroad Commission did extensive research and found no evidence of fracking being the cause of ground water pollution in Weatherford, Texas by Range Resources, who was completely exonerated from any charges.   Erick Milito, Director of Upstream and Industry Operations for the American Petroleum Institute said in press release after hearing the Wyoming decision, “The EPA has to do a better job, because another fatally flawed water study could have a big impact on how the nation develops its massive energy resources.”
Many in the oil industry feel the current political climate has had a lot to do with the EPA’s rush to judgment on fracking.   With environmentalist groups putting pressure on the administration, movies condemning fracking with proven false scientific information and a press that seems more than willing to hang frackers out to dry, while ignoring positive findings, the Wyoming decision is a lone ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.

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