EPA Investigation Concludes that Fracking Contaminated Groundwater in Wyoming

Pennsylvania’s DEP Secretary Michael Krancer, whose wife and father contributed a combined $306,500 to Tom Corbett’s gubernatorial campaign, told the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water and the Environment last month that 99.5% of the mixture used in hydraulic fracturing is sand and water.


“The myth that ter­ri­ble chem­i­cals are get­ting into the ground­wa­ter is com­pletely myth. It is bogus.” – PA DEP Secretary Michael Krancer, November 17th, 2011.


Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of a two-year investigation that proves that groundwater contamination from fracking is anything but bogus.


“EPA’s analysis of samples taken from the Agency’s deep monitoring wells in the aquifer indicates detection of synthetic chemicals, like glycols and alcohols consistent with gas production and hydraulic fracturing fluids, benzene concentrations well above Safe Drinking Water Act standards and high methane levels.” – EPA draft report “Investigation of Ground Water Contamination near Pavillion, Wyoming”, December 8, 2011.


The full draft report is available for viewing and downloading at the EPA’s website. A 45-day public comment period will begin on December 14th. The link to the public comment area and supplemental information about the investigation can be located here.


Read the New York Times’ coverage of the EPA’s announcement here.


By the way, Krancer’s “bogus” comment ranked only 5th on “PA DEP Secretary Krancer’s Top 10 Comments About Fracking” from Keep Tap Water Safe. (You’ll love number 1!)


3 thoughts on “EPA Investigation Concludes that Fracking Contaminated Groundwater in Wyoming

  • December 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I have always been amazed by the fact that laws had to be passed in order for us to have clean air and water. I’m amazed that there are people out there who think nothing of polluting our air and water, as if there are no consequences from pollution. And it scares me that there are people who want to take away whatever power the EPA can wield, not to mention take away the EPA. I suggest to such people that you pour yourself a glass of fracked water, have a seat in an area of nuclear waste, and give a thought to the future.

  • February 26, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Wow. Very uneducated about what fracking is. They are doing this thousands of feet below the surface. Any water down there is salt water. Not fresh water. Secondly fracking was developed because shale is a barrier rock. Nothing moves in or out of it. That is why they have to frack it. It will have thousands of feet of shale above the area they frack that the small amount of glycol in the water and sand can never get to surface water.

    • February 26, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Actually, you’re wrong and it’s been proven over and over. Methane released from the shale migrates to the surface where it has contaminated well water and groundwater in many, many cases. Don’t listen to me, though. Go to our Resources page and listen to Dr. Ingraffea’s talk. Dr. Ingraffea is one of a handful of people to have a doctorate in fracturing. Read the articles there on methane migration. Ingraffea was co-author on a paper by David Howarth. That paper is there, as is the study by Duke University provides a response to the industry’s denials. (Denials they make even though they have replaced residential drinking water they’ve contaminated with deliveries of clean water frequently.)

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