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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

EPA Study Finds No Link between Fracking and Water Contamination

June 4, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their progress report on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The study found no correlation between hydraulic fracturing and water contamination. Congressman Gene Green released the following statement in response:


“This EPA study confirms what we’ve known in Texas for more than 65 years; there is no direct link between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water contamination.  I disagreed with the study when Congress requested it over five years ago, but I am pleased with the EPA did not conduct this study with a targeted outcome in mind.


“Scientific evidence has long indicated that because there are thousands of feet of geologic separation between fracking activities and surface water, contamination by migration is extremely unlikely.  Unfortunately, some groups that are anti-U.S. energy production were hoping for a different outcome, no matter what the science says.  


“I will continue to support state regulation of safe and responsible well-casing and drilling activities on private and state lands to ensure that our lands and drinking water remain unharmed.  We must continue to monitor and hold accountable bad actors that employ flawed techniques, which actually can cause harm. 


“The U.S. has an opportunity to establish itself as an energy powerhouse.  In conjunction with our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, North America has the potential to become the energy hub of the world in the 21st century, and hydraulic fracturing would play a key role in that outcome.”