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EPA Fracking Study Faulted by Science Panel Citing Failed Wells

  • Agency found no evidence of 'widespread, systemic' water harms
  • Review board says finding needs 'additional explanation'

The Environmental Protection Agency spent 998 pages last June making the case that fracking isn’t a threat to water, but its assertions boil down to just two words.

There’s no evidence hydraulic fracturing has led to "widespread, systemic" impacts on drinking water, the EPA said in its landmark study on the technique used to extract oil and gas nationwide. The EPA’s finding was seen as a vindication of the technique that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to free oil and gas.