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Thursday, July 25, 2013

EPA Questioned by Lawmakers On Its Approach to Fracking

From the Associated Press:
Scientific advisers, including a Pittsburgh academic, were on the hot seat Wednesday during a congressional hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's approach to research on health and safety implications of hydraulic fracturing. 
Republicans on the House Science Subcommittees on Environment and Energy blasted the agency's approach to an ongoing study of the effects of fracking on drinking water. 
Environment Subcommittee chairman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, asked whether the study is "a genuine, fact-finding, scientific exercise or a witch hunt to find a pretext to regulate." 
Is this the EPA's motto on fracking?

The hearing came after the EPA suspended a separate study after a controversial draft report tied aquifer pollution to fracking in Pavillion, Wyo. Drillers criticized the methodology, but the EPA stood by the data even as it backed away from conclusions researchers drew from it. 
"EPA's recent announcement that it is walking away from its attempt to link hydraulic fracturing to groundwater issues in Pavillion, Wyo., is the most recent example of a 'shoot first, ask questions later' policy toward unconventional oil and gas production," Mr. Stewart said.
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