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EPA says new study doesn’t show fracking is safe

EPA says new study doesn’t show fracking is safe

By Ken Ward Jr., Staff writer for The Charleston Gazette

Despite statements from industry officials and political leaders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say that their new study of the nation’s natural gas boom should not be described as proof that the nation’s water supplies are safe from hydraulic fracturing.

“That is not the message of this report,” said EPA science advisor and deputy administrator Thomas A. Burke. “The message of this report is that we have identified vulnerabilities in the water system that are really important to know about and address to keep risks as low as possible.”

Burke made his comments in an interview on Friday, one day after EPA released its 998-page draft report, “Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources.”

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