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EPA: Fracking Linked to Groundwater Contamination in Wyoming

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Washington, D.C. – According to a report by the Associated Press, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has concluded the natural gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could be responsible for groundwater contamination in Wyoming.


"This finding feels like a case of déjà vu,” said Dusty Horwitt, Environmental Working Group’s senior public lands analyst. “Almost a quarter century ago, EPA concluded that hydraulic fracturing can contaminate groundwater. The new finding points to the need for broader testing to determine how fracking endangers groundwater and what steps can be taken to prevent toxic pollution by gas drilling. We look forward to reviewing the EPA's determination in detail."


As reported by EWG last August, EPA found in 1987 that fracking was responsible for groundwater contamination at a well in West Virginia.

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