Category Archives: Government, Academic and Industry Studies and Reports

American Petroleum Institute Criticizes EPA Wyoming-Related Water Quality Testing Results

The groundwater debate continues in Pavillion, Wyoming.   Following from the EPA’s recently released test results from groundwater in the area which, according to the EPA, are “generally consistent” with 2011 test results that purportedly showed possible contamination from hydraulic fracturing, the API held a news conference on October 18, 2012, which directly criticized the EPA’s testing and its conclusions.  API’s release faulted the EPA’s results on several grounds, specifically including poorly constructed monitoring wells which adversely impacted test results due to possible cross-contamination.   API Director…

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Encana Rejects EPA’s Latest Data Interpretation in Wyoming

The US Geolocigal Survey released new testing results of groundwater near Pavillion, Wyoming which, according to the EPA, are in accord with last year’s testing results.  Those results indicated chemicals identified in the water that may be consistent with certain chemicals used in the hydraulic fracking process.   The latests tests were conducted in two monitering wells. Encana Corp. quickly responded to the EPA’s release by calling the interpretation of test results “flawed.”   Encana noted, among other things, that the two monitering wells were drilled into…

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University of Texas Two Year Study Indicates Minor Seismic Activity Near Injection Wells

 A new study from the University of Texas at Austin reports of increased seismic activity near hydraulic fracturing injection sites in or around Northwester Texas, in the Barnett Shale.  The researchers reviewed two years worth of data provided by seismometers.  The study indicates that there were 67 quakes during the time-period, althoug all had a magnitude of less than 3.0.  Among the recorded eathquakes, Dr. Frohlich indicates that approximately 23 of them occurred near high volume fracking injection wells. According to an interview of Dr.…

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EPA Completes Study of Dimock Well Water

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed its study of 61 private drinking water wells in Dimock, Pennsylvania.  Dimock residents’ complaints of well water contamination due to fracking garnered national attention after being the focus of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland.  However, the EPA’s study concluded that the water was safe for drinking.  “Our goal was to provide the Dimock community with complete and reliable information about the presence of contaminants in their drinking water and to determine whether further action was warranted to…

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Associated Press Reports Some Researchers Dispute Science Supporting Certain Claims of Fracking Danger

Critics of hydraulic fracturing cite numerous supposed dangers of the process including groundwater pollution and increased incidence of cancer.  However, a handful of researchers are now disputing the science backing these claims. Fracking critics argue that the process leads to an increased risk of cancer, specifically breast cancer, for those living in nearby.  However, Avner Vengosh, a Duke University professor studying groundwater contamination, told the Associated Press that the claim is “basically not using science.”  Both Simon Craddock Lee, a professor of medical…

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