The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is completing a study on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, and its potential impact on drinking water. The study looks at how the fracking water lifecycle can impact drinking water sources. The conclusions in the draft report were simple: fracking absolutely threatens drinking water.
"We've known for years that fracking and other oil and gas activities are a threat to drinking water," said John Noel, Clean Water Action's National Oil and Gas Campaigns Coordinator. "The final study discards the industry talking points that ignore the fact that fracking has the potential to contaminate water during every step of the process - from water acquisition through disposal."
Rick Perry has a long record of putting the interests of polluting industries who have funded his campaigns above the health and safety of ordinary people. It's hard to imagine a worse choice to head the US Department of Energy.
EPA undermined the findings of the fracking and drinking water study when it added political spin into the executive summary and press release.