Talking Points for EPA Fracking Study

Talking Points for EPA Water Study


  1. Fracking does contaminate water, according to the industry’s own data 6% percent of all wells fail on the first frack. This doesn’t even include the human error factor that could increase failure rate that exponentially.
  2. Industry has spun this to fit their narrative, but the report actually doesn’t fit their narrative. It talks about water contamination happen. According to this report, there biggest talking point- fracking doesn’t contaminate water is a lie.
  3. This study was done in vacuum- it only looked at one segment of the process and a small sample size.
    1. In PA alone there are 500,000-600,000 abandoned wells. Why weren’t they included?
    2. Industry did not cooperate with the EPA from the start- making the sample size even more limited
    3. The study only focused on the frackng process- and not all the infrastructure that goes along with it
  4. This study is a shift from previous studies done by the EPA. In the past the EPA have claimed that fracking has had no impacts, and this study shows it does.
    1. The EPA is responding to grassroots pressure and support to stand up for communities under assault from this industry

      Quotes from impacted community members and grassroots leaders


A.) Diane Pitcock From WV-
The whole idea that pumping millions of gallons of chemicals into the ground will have no effect on the environment, is just ridiculous . Of course it does, and this study
shows that. What is at question is the definition of the word  “
widespread.”  I know of 11 households in my area of WV that have bad water subsequent to fracking.  That seems “widespread” to me and in the least, it’s likely more
than a coincidence.
B.)  Jenny Lisak from PA- In PA alone there are 500,000-600,000 abandoned wells. Why weren’t they included? Why did industry fight tooth and nail against this study? Because this study did everything it could to make sure the results were not the ones industry didn’t want reported
C.) Jenny Lisak from PA- If the EPA doesn’t think water contamination is widespread, the should come test my water and my neighbors water. I’ll show them widespread.