EPA theorizes fracking-pollution link
By The Associated Press
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Environmentalists are welcoming a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement for the first time that fracking may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution. It’s the controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells.
The Wyoming Outdoor Council called the Thursday revelation a “clarion call to industry to make sure they take a great deal of care in their drilling practices.”
The practice of hydraulic fracturing involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to improve the flow of oil or gas to the surface.
The EPA found that compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals had been detected in the groundwater beneath Pavillion. That’s the small community in Fremont County where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals.
Chairman John Fenton of an organization called Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens applauded the EPA for listening to the homeowners battling contaminated water.
A spokesman for Encana Corp., which owns the Pavillion gas field, says the compounds EPA says could be associated with fracking could have other origins.