Fracking Pollution Study Must Not be Abandoned by EPA

Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Don’t abandon further investigation into a study that found evidence of pollution from fracking in water in Wyoming.

Fracking, a controversial and dangerous form of gas drilling, polluted underground water reservoirs around Pavillion, Wyoming, according to a study led by an EPA scientist who was conducting a preliminary investigation of the area.

A few years back, Pavilion residents of Pavillion complained to the EPA about foul tasting well water near fracking sites. An initial report by the EPA found fracking fluids from natural gas wells had been injected into an aquifer.  The EPA later said it would not officially release the report and would not draw conclusions from it.

After the discovery, the EPA abandoned the investigation rather than following through and taking action to resolve the damage and prevent further pollution.

This kind of behavior from trusted officials who chose to ignore real damage being done to the environment and possibly to residents’ drinking water is completely unjust. Tell the EPA they never should have abandoned the investigation and in the future must take immediate, dramatic action to right these wrongs.


Dear Mrs. McCarthy,

A study led by a scientist at your agency found that fracking was polluting the aquifer, damaging the environment and putting residents’ drinking water at a major potential risk. Residents complained to your agency about foul tasting water and when your study confirmed something was wrong, you chose to ignore it.

It’s disgusting that you thought you could get away with this and didn’t find it morally reprehensible to continue damaging the environment. You never should have abandoned that investigation, and I demand you to take a stand against this corruption in the future and fight to protect our environment.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Ray Bodden

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