Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Stephen Kruiser

Bio

June 20, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Science!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is dropping its longstanding plan to have independent scientists review its finding that hydraulic fracturing may be linked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming.

The EPA is standing by its findings, but state officials will lead further investigation into the pollution in the Pavillion area. The area has been a focus of the debate over whether fracking can pollute groundwater ever since the EPA’s initial report came out in late 2011.

“We stand behind our work and the data, but EPA recognizes the state’s commitment to further investigation,” said agency spokesman Tom Reynolds in Washington, D.C. The EPA will let state officials carry on the investigation with the federal agency’s support, he said.

Wyoming officials have been skeptical about the theory that fracking played a role in the pollution at Pavillion, but Reynolds expressed confidence the state could lead the work from here. He described the shift as the best way to ensure Pavillion-area residents have a clean source of drinking water.

They’ve also been down this road before.

But in fact, the fracking-poisons-groundwater complaint has largely proven to be overblown. The reality is that many places around the U.S. have naturally occurring methane, and if water wells aren’t properly constructed and sealed, or have aged and become damaged, gas can seep into groundwater. But there is no evidence of a direct link between shale gas drilling and groundwater contamination. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency has lately had to retreat from several investigations against energy companies operating in Pennsylvania and Texas, where the agency had alleged that drilling caused groundwater contamination. And EPA administrator Lisa Jackson has recently admitted that there is no evidence that fracking has ever directly polluted groundwater. States such as Pennsylvania, meanwhile, have worked hard in developing regulations to prevent any future contamination by mandating properly sealed drilling wells and proper cement-casing standards for those wells. The Times reports about “radioactive” fracking wastewater were studied by state regulators and other experts, who concluded that the trace amounts of radioactive particles were so small as to be insignificant.

The reality is that the big money climate cultists all put their money on wind and solar, hoping to reap financial rewards from government subsidies to companies that can’t be self-sustaining in the marketplace. They have to be anti-fracking and natural gas because evil capitalists are making money the good old fashioned way: supplying a demand.

And that drives Leftists crazy.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

Comments are closed.

All Comments   (2)
All Comments   (2)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Well [no pun intended], here in NE Ohio where we're going full speed ahead with fracking there have been problems. Not the wells per se, but the illegal disposal of the resultant waste water discharge. Curiously enough by waste disposal companies with long Dem. affiliations. After all it is Youngstown.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
If they are yapping about methane in well water they are ignorant as well as deluded. Here in NW Ohio hitting a gas well when drilling for water is common. Some folks view it as a lucky break. :-)

USEPA is giving up in Wyoming because they CAN'T produce any proof that can be independently verified that fracking is a problem . The agency has a ten foot erection for any energy that isn't solar or wind, so they wasted 7 years of taxpayer money trying to prove fracking is evil.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
View All