Target: Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator
Goal: Rewrite summary of fracking report to include opinions of expert panel and more closely match the details of the document itself.
The EPA appears to have published incorrect conclusions about fracking’s effects on drinking water, misleading the public into thinking that fracking is safe. In a recent three-day long meeting, the Science Advisory Board (SAB) reviewed the EPA’s study about the effects of fracking on drinking water. The time was spent systematically reviewing the nearly 1000-page study, including the Executive Summary section, which indicates that fracking does not lead to widespread drinking water contamination.
The SAB panel of experts, including Clean Water Action and other NGOs (non-governmental organizations), found that the study accurately concludes that fracking does contaminate drinking water and that the Executive Summary is inconsistent with the findings to the point of being misleading. Several of the reviewers on the panel registered their concerns about this inconsistency in writing, noting serious concerns with the summary conclusion.
Unfortunately, the media and fracking proponents have already latched on to the misleading summary statements and have led the American public to believe that fracking is safe and poses no health risks, despite the fact that the underlying data in the study shows otherwise. Tell the EPA they must take immediate action to correct the misleading words in the Executive Summary and must issue statements apologizing for misleading the public and putting our health at risk.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
As the head of the EPA, Americans trust that you prioritize our health and the health of the environment above commercial interests. Therefore, it is stunning that the Executive Summary of the study about the effects of fracking on drinking water is so misleading.
According to an extensive review by the Science Advisory Board (SAB), the data within the study shows a distinct connection between fracking and contaminated drinking water, but the summary indicates the opposite. Given that reporters and legislators have limited time and are not trained scientists, they are using this summary to tell the American public what conclusions were reached.
Such a gross discrepancy in the facts of the study vs. the statements in the summary have led Americans to believe fracking does not contaminate ground water and, for those living in areas near fracking, that their water is safe to drink–when in fact, the opposite is true. We, the undersigned, demand the EPA rewrite the Executive Summary to match the supporting data in the study and issue statements apologizing for misleading the public and putting both the environment and public health at risk.
[Your Name Here]
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