A new EPA report on fracking found that, while the drilling technique has several “potential vulnerabilities” in the process, it has no “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.”
But according to one ecologist, the dangers are still “quite serious.”
“What they say is it’s not yet widespread and systematic … the operative word here is ‘not yet,’” ecologist and anti-fracking activist Sandra Steingraber told FBN’s Stuart Varney.
Steingraber said the EPA study found multiple examples of water contaminated by fracking during “routine operations” in well-casing failures, which allowed fracking fluids to travel through unseen cracks and infiltrate into nearby drinking water.
Last December, New York state declared a ban on fracking after a report found “significant uncertainties” about the oil and gas extraction technique.
“New York State has made a wise decision in banning fracking … the fact that they already found cases of drinking water contamination means we have to take this very seriously. All drinking water is connected … any contamination is serious. As a biologist and cancer survivor … it is wrong to develop a form of energy that poisons people; we can do better than that in the U.S.,” she said.