Volume 92 Issue 1 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 6, 2014

Fracking Inquiry Justified

Oversight: Inspector general’s report supports EPA action on methane leaks to drinking water
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: methane, hydraulic fracturing, EPA, Texas

EPA had legal authority to investigate and take action on complaints from Texas residents about methane leaks to drinking water from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That’s the conclusion of a report by EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). EPA could have done more to protect the public from methane exposure through drinking water, the report adds.

OIG examined the agency’s response in 2010 to complaints from residents of Parker . . .

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