December 13, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE REVIEW
The following statement comes from the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers in response to the release of “Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States”.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued today its final report on their multi-year term study of hydraulic fracturing stating hydraulic fracturing activities “can impact drinking water under some circumstances,” but said it had no data “to fully characterize” that it contaminated groundwater.
Regrettably, the EPA has little credibility on this subject. In 2010 we all remember the EPA emergency order in Parker County, Texas based on the contention that hydraulic fracturing contaminated a shallow aquifer with methane. This was proven false during a formal hearing at the Railroad Commission of Texas.
The final EPA study has retreated from its previous draft conclusion of no widespread, systemic groundwater impact from hydrofracturing. It now seems to bow to the pressure of the political extremists who are desperate to erase the success of hydraulic fracturing.
In a small nod to the scientific process, EPA states “Data gaps and uncertainties limited EPA’s ability to fully assess the potential impacts on drinking water resources locally and nationally. Because of these data gaps and uncertainties, it was not possible to fully characterize the severity of impacts, nor was it possible to calculate or estimate the national frequency of impacts on drinking water resources from activities in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle.”
Combine this with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s comments, who said in the National Journal in November 2013 that “There’s nothing inherently dangerous in fracking that sound engineering practices can’t accomplish,” and the EPA report practically refutes itself.
But ultimately EPA has ignored the following fact: Tens of thousands of wells have been hydrofractured in Texas. None of these activities has resulted in groundwater aquifer contamination.
Furthermore, the State regulator, our Railroad Commission of Texas, fully regulates hydrofracturing under Statewide Rule 13 and has specific and detailed regulatory requirements on the completion procedure.
EPA has wasted our taxpayer money on this political effort masquerading as a scientific study
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The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers is the largest state independent oil and gas trade association in the nation, representing more than 3,000 members comprised of independent producers, operators, service and equipment supply companies, financial institutions, law firms, and other oil and gas related interests. For more information, visit: www.texasalliance.org.
For additional information, please contact:
Alex Mills: President, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
800-299-2998 (office – toll free) or 940-781-0350 (mobile)
John Tintera: Executive Vice President, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
512-476-8098 (office) or 512-476-3055 (mobile)
Katie Carmichael: Texas Alliance Public Affairs Consultant