An Incomplete Water Report From EPA


All the queries about the dangers of water pollution that are caused due to the gas and oil drilling cannot be answered by only one research. Our concern here is the statement that came from EPA according to which they do not see any proof of risk causing to the sources of drinking water from the actions which are associated to the hydraulic fracturing. So the fracturing is said to be without any risk.

The draft report of EPA itself says that the data which is available with them giving the effects of the operations of oil and gas about the water resources was not complete and it lacked many things. The scope of the study is very limited and the effects were characterized by utilizing the huge amount of data which is insufficient. Eventually no prevalent results are formed regarding the systematic impacts because the impacts which were confirmed, are very less while the total number of wells is large.

After reviewing the report thoroughly, EDF, concluded it and gave comments to the science and Advisory Board of EPA about that. In their comments, they asked EPA that the communication should have done in a clearer manner and they must do more research and come up with the data that is more useful. Although the step taken in the form of a draft is appreciated but it is not enough.

The findings could have been clearer because it has been clearly mentioned in the executive summary that the agency had not been able to search any proof for the impacts. The results are not consistent and dissimilar things come out of them. EPA should be able to give more explanations about its findings and scope so that the public get better and complete analysis of everything and truth must have come in front of them.


It can be seen in the report that there are many significant queries that have not been answered including the subsurface fluid movement and the intersections. So, instead of ignoring the important things, they need to dig out more.

The data that has been taken depends on the previous version of FracFocus which is a national tool used to report about the chemicals that are the part of hydraulic fracturing. EPA must have move to the newer version 3.0 that has been launched and consists of the data which signifies the better and clearer image of the chemicals.

It is very important to fill the gaps by digging out more appropriate data. EPA should overcome the limitations which it has shown in its research and therefore it needs to search more and bring a better study to the public so that they may know thoroughly about the supply chain disclosing the dangers that can be faced in the way of drinking water sources.

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