To: EPA Administrator McCarthy
Retract your draft report’s conclusion, which stated that fracking has had no “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”
The report has already been strongly critiqued by the press, the public, and the EPA’s own Science Advisory Board. It’s time to commission an independent, peer-reviewed study on fracking’s impacts on drinking water that is free from industry bias.
Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft study of fracking’s impacts to drinking water. The study’s executive summary stated, “We did not find evidence that these mechanisms [hydraulic fracturing operations] have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”
That report has been widely used by the fracking industry and its backers to claim that fracking is “safe.”
But the report’s own data (which was entirely self-reported by the industry), finds several clear incidents of contamination, and certainly no conclusion of safety can be drawn from such a limited, industry-approved study. Furthermore, numerous independent studies have found that fracking poses a high risk for contaminating drinking water supplies. One found that, even with safety measures, fracking still poses a serious threat to human health.
That’s why advocacy groups and environmentalists have cried foul. Even the EPA’s own independent Science Advisory Board (SAB), after a year of peer-reviewed analysis of the agency’s draft report, challenged the EPA to either provide hard evidence to support its conclusion or to retract the conclusion.
Sign here to demand that the EPA adhere to the recommendations of its own Science Advisory Board and retract the report’s conclusion that fracking is safe.
Americans Against Fracking
Beyond Extreme Energy
Climate Hawks Vote
Food & Water Watch
Honor the Earth
Rainforest Action Network
Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter
Stop the Frack Attack