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API: Flawed Methods, Not Science, Led To EPA’s Fracing Findings

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Darren Barbee, Hart Energy
October 19, 2012

The EPA’s “poor and sloppy” process for groundwater testing near hydraulic fracturing sites is replete with flaws, and contaminants the agency found do not show up in additional testing data, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Oct. 18.

API analyzed U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data collected from tests sites the EPA examined in Pavillion, Wyo. The USGS did not find some contaminants  ?  including those deemed dangerous to public health  ?  that the EPA reported in a 2011 draft.

The EPA, which has drawn fire from the oil and ...


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