GAO Report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection
WASHINGTON (July 28, 2014) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s program to protect drinking water sources from the underground injection of fracking waste needs improvement, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
Underground injection of fracking waste has been linked to drinking water contamination and induced earthquakes around the country.
The GAO report is online here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-555. Highlights are here: http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664500.pdf.
A statement follows from Amy Mall, senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“The federal government's watchdog is saying what communities across the country have known for years: fracking is putting Americans at risk. From drinking water contamination to man-made earthquakes, the reckless way oil and gas companies deal with their waste is a big problem. Outdated rules and insufficient enforcement are largely to blame. EPA needs to rein in this industry run amok.”