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EPA says fracking not widespread problem in drinking water.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on June 4 released a much-anticipated study of whether hydraulic fracturing contaminates drinking water supplies, concluding that while there have been some cases of contamination, the issue is not widespread.

The draft study is in response to a congressional request five years ago that the agency study concerns about drinking water supplies. Hydraulic fracturing uses a high-pressure stream of water, sand and chemicals to tap into oil and gas reserves in rock formations, and has been used more frequently in recent years in many parts of the nation.

The agency found some "specific instances" in which the integrity of fracked wells or the handling of wastewater ended up affecting drinking water. But Thomas Burke, deputy assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development, told reporters the number of instances was "relatively low when compared to the number of fracked wells."

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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Publication:Pipeline & Gas Journal
Date:Jul 1, 2015
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