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EPA theorizes fracking-pollution link

Submitted by Newsroom on December 9, 2011 – 7:00 am2 Comments

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.

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Comment by dickie
2011-12-09 11:49:24

Talk about deflection! Wow!

“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.”

Extraterrestrial origins, no doubt.

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Comment by sofaspud
2011-12-09 13:29:48

Finally, a real fracking story. I’m just glad this fracking story made it to the news. Maybe now we can get some fracking answers to this fracking problem. Not a good choice when you have to choose between the fracking oil company and the fracking EPA data. I would like to know how much fracking is going on at any one time. Is there any fracking taking place on the rez? I’ll have to try to find some more fracking information. I knew a guy who used to frack quit a bit. Said he had alot of fracking experience. Said he was one of the best frackers in the business, but would’nt give me any fracking details. To me, the whole thing is a fracking mystery.

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