EPA NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT ITS FRACKING AND DRINKING WATER STUDY! Comments due Friday, August 28th.
In June, EPA released its nearly 1,000 page study of hydraulic fracturing impacts on drinking water. Many of you have probably seen media reports on the study’s major conclusion: “We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.” In fact, reading any chapter of the study, you can see that this carefully structured statement is actually misleading the public. FrackFree NC’s review team found that there is far too little known by EPA and scientists to say that there aren’t “widespread, systemic impacts.”
If you want to comment on the EPA Assessment but don’t want to read through 1,000 pages, we’ve got a solution for you! A team of FrackFreeNC’s more technical folks have read though chapters in detail and written short, plain English comments that you can put in your own words and use to submit your own comments. Please submit your comments, “pasted in” and as an attachment, to the following email address: Docket_OEI@epa.gov IMPORTANT: include Docket number EPA-HQ-OA-2015-0245 in your subject line.
If you’re not very familiar with fracking, here’s a short, useful summary of Chapter 2 of this report!
Links to short talking points on each chapter of the report:
- Chapter 2: Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil & Gas Production, U.S. Energy Sector: Talking points; full chapter
- Chapter 3: Water Resources in the US: Talking points; full chapter
- Chapter 4: Water Acquisition for Fracking: Talking points; full chapter
- Chapter 5: Chemical Mixing: Talking points; full chapter
- Chapter 6: Well Injection: Talking points; full chapter
- Chapters 7, Flowback and Produced Water and 8, Waste Water and Waste Disposal: Combined talking points; full chapter 7, full chapter 8
- Chapter 9: Identification and Hazard Evaluation of Chemicals: Talking points; full chapter