Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Retract your draft report claiming fracking is safe.
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft study of fracking’s impact on drinking water, falsely claiming that it did not have “systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”1
But the report’s own data – which was entirely self-reported by the fracking companies – finds several clear incidents of contamination. Since then, the report has been widely used by the fracking industry and its backers to claim that fracking is “safe.”
The Trump administration will likely use the EPA’s deeply flawed report to justify allowing a massive expansion in fracking for oil and gas across the country. Before her term expires next month, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy must retract her report’s conclusion and admit that fracking is a major threat to U.S. drinking water supplies.
Despite the EPA’s draft report, numerous independent studies have found that fracking poses a high risk for contaminating drinking water supplies.
And incredibly – after a year of peer-reviewed analysis of the agency’s draft report – the agency’s own independent Science Advisory Board challenged the EPA to either provide hard evidence to support its conclusion or retract the conclusion.
We can’t allow the Obama administration to lay the groundwork for further increased fracking in the years to come. McCarthy must stand up for scientific integrity, clean drinking water and the environment by immediately retracting the EPA’s deeply flawed draft report falsely claiming that fracking does not pose a systemic threat to drinking water supplies in the United States.
Thanks for everything you do.
- Neela Banerjee, “EPA's Fracking Finding Misled on Threat to Drinking Water, Scientists Conclude,” Inside Climate News, August 12, 2016.