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 Erik Milito outlined the importance behind peer reviewed, accurate and careful groundwater studies because  “unscientific”, “sloppy” and “could produce flawed results that could result in major adverse impacts on shale energy development” throughout the United States:

The Pavillion analysis is critically important because EPA – as part of its separate nationwide study into potential drinking water impacts – is also drilling monitoring wells and collecting and analyzing samples in other places.  If EPA thinks its investigation at Pavillion has produced scientifically useful information, then it may proceed in the same inexpert way at other testing sites, assume it is getting additional useful information, and employ that information to justify changes in public policy.

The shale revolution is changing the face of American energy development.  It’s boosting domestic oil and natural gas production, putting hundreds of thousands of people to work, and delivering added billions in revenue to state and federal governments.  It’s also strengthening our nation’s energy security and reducing our trade deficit.   But it could do even more, provided the federal government does not create regulatory obstacles based on flawed research.

The EPA has reportedly not yet responded to the API’s release.


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