“The official review of the EPA’s draft study on fracking and drinking water conducted by the EPA Science Advisory Board may seem surprising, but it shouldn’t be to anyone who actually read the original study thoroughly. There was a clear disconnect between the EPA’s top-line spin – that there was no evidence of ‘widespread, systemic’ impacts on drinking water from fracking – and the content of the actual study, which highlights data limitations, open questions and clear evidence of local and severe impacts. This disconnect raises serious questions about political tampering with scientific conclusions in the release of the draft study. We’re pleased that members of the Science Advisory Board have seen fit to highlight the disconnect and call on the Obama administration to address numerous high-profile cases of fracking contamination inexplicably left out of the study — namely Pavillion, Wy., Dimock, Pa. and Parker County, Tx."
Background: the EPA's independent Scientific Advisory Board Members of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel just said in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and report that they had "concerns" with the way the EPA handled its draft Assessment Report of the impacts of fracking on drinking water supplies in the US is "inconsistent" with the findings of the draft Report.
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