C.E. Dyer reports the anti-fracking crowd has been dealt a huge blow as the Environmental Protection Agency released a report that debunked their claims that the practice is dangerous to our water.
The Daily Signal reported:
[A] landmark report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released earlier this month, finally puts that talking point to bed. After more than half a decade of study, the EPA concluded that “the number of identified cases of drinking water contamination is small” compared to the total number of hydraulically fractured wells.
Of course, the EPA did its best to soften the blow to the “Keep It in the Ground” crowd. The agency stressed that oil and gas development as a whole “can” have impacts “under some circumstances,” a fact that was already known before the EPA began spending nearly $30 million in taxpayer money to assess the risk.
The EPA also claimed “data gaps and uncertainties” prevented it from making broad-scale conclusions, which is odd considering how Congress appropriated the EPA the money in order to derive a conclusion about the overall risk.
In the agency’s draft report, released in the summer of 2015, the EPA explicitly said it “did not find evidence that these mechanisms [fracking] have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” The data did not change, but the EPA removed that line from the final report.
Facts and the Left have a very strained relationship. These pesky facts tend to undo their arguments so they work to spin, manipulate, or otherwise undermine them, and that’s what they’ve done in response to this report.
In the face of the cold, hard facts, the Sierra Club still has this on their website: “fracking has contaminated the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of Americans.”
Food and Water Watch decided to claim, via a dizzying spin job, that the report showed “the inherent harms and hazards of fracking.” No mention that the report found that the risk is small — that wouldn’t fit their alarmist agenda.
The data doesn’t back them up, and it isn’t just this very expensive EPA study either.
Multiple officials at the EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Geological Survey have either said there is no evidence of widespread contamination or have released reports showing no such evidence exists.
Peer-reviewed studies have consistently found little if anything to substantiate the idea that fracking can contaminate groundwater.
You mean the environmentalists don’t care about safety or the environment, but rather their radical agenda that involves power and control?
Yeah, that sums it up. Fracking could bring us closer to energy independence, economic growth, and more jobs, but the environuts want to stifle that even though the facts don’t back them up.
If you’re going to stand in the way of all those things, there better be damn good reason to do so, and not just hysterical ravings based on an agenda that is all about power and control — even if some of these environmentalists don’t realize that they’re being used as pawns to that end.