The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov/, announced recently for the first time that fracking, a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells, may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution.
Fracking, involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and improve the flow of oil and gas to the surface.
The EPA found that compounds associated with fracking chemicals had been detected in the ground water beneath a Wyoming community where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals.
Health officials advised residents not to drink their water after EPA found hydrocarbons in the wells.
The chemicals injected underground in the fracking process used by oil and gas companies are not publicly disclosed under the guise of trade secrets. Fracking chemicals used need to be disclosed to maintain the safety of our drinking water.
Just another instance of big business having their way to the detriment of the ‘little people’.