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October 31, 2014

Fracking Oversight a Potential Problem

A new AP report reveals hundreds of cases of well-water contamination from fracking “that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.”

The National Journal: “Though the AP is quick to note that the number of complaints registered in each state comprise only a small fraction of the total wells fracked in each state, the report nevertheless suggests that state regulators, overall, appear wary of releasing data related to fracking, a stance that environmental advocates in particular have found troubling.”

“The news comes at the same time that energy analysts say the federal government is unlikely to step up its oversight of fracking ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.”

“The EPA, meanwhile, has tended to defer to state regulators in issues involving allegations of groundwater contamination, likely because the agency is unwilling to ruffle feathers when fracking is seen by many as one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy.”

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