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Friday, July 5, 2013

EPA's Handling of Pavillion Case Obscures Some Important Facts, Says Hanger

From John Hanger's Facts of the Day blog:
Another consequence of EPA's problems in Pavillion is too little attention paid to important facts established there.  For example, ground storage pits did leak drilling wastewater and did contaminate groundwater in the Pavillion area.  The gas industry does not contest this significant environmental impact.  It is time to ban the storage of drilling wastewater in outdoor pits.

In addition, the fracking done in Pavillion was in some instances too close to groundwater to be responsible, whether or not it caused contamination.  It also should be noted that the gas developed in Pavillion was not shale gas and drilling and fracking there had been taking place for decades.
Read the rest of Hanger's post here.

Do you agree that storing wastewater in outdoor pits should be banned?  Feel free to sound off in the comments.

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