December 2011, Vol. 238 No. 12

In The News

EPA reports first findings of water pollution from fracing in WY; industry reacts

A report released by the EPA Dec. 8 and labeled “DRAFT” in large type finds that “[e]levated levels of dissolved methane in domestic wells generally increase in those wells in proximity to gas production wells.” The report is the product of an investigation taking place between March 2009 and April 2011 in the area of Pavillion, WY, and sampling from domestic and EPA-drilled wells at several points during that period. Titled “Investigation of Ground Contamination near Pavillion, Wyoming,” the draft has resulted in questions about its methodology and its findings in hot circulation among industry groups. The main objection is that the contamina

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