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EPA Gas Drilling Study: Top Agency Official Optimistic Before Report’s Release

RefineryNews -- A top official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is optimistic that a nationwide project examining natural gas hydraulic fracturing and potential drinking water impacts will provide comprehensive guidelines to help scientists and the public identify the key issues to focus on. But the industry said past studies have already shown the process is safe.

Glenn Paulson, the EPA’s science advisor, said Friday that a progress report on the study — mandated by Congress in 2010 — should be released before the end of the year, and a final report in 2014. He spoke at a University of Pittsburgh conference on health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Paulson said the study of fracking and drinking water “is one of the most aggressive public outreach programs in EPA history.”


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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:28:47 PM

"Why do they have to pump anything other than sand & clean water into the ground? I don't understand why the chemicals are used."
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To reduce friction and inhibit bacterial growth. By the way water and silica are both chemicals.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 7:08:40 PM


10K...just curious what you mean by, "another result of entitlement peeps being allowed to vote: same old EPA, same old results.."

So are you saying 47% of the US population should not be allowed to vote? Do you have a clue as to how many Social Security recipients who are Baby Boomers you are talking about? Probably your parents are included.

I agree with PetroScopper...well said.

myambro
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:57:59 AM

The EPA will 'find' what they are told to find.
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:56:29 AM

This will no doubt be a disaster for the American people. The EPA has long ago surpassed its relevancy in society and now only serves as a means to push an agenda and absorb taxpayer dollars.
WE0H
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:53:10 AM

Why do they have to pump anything other than sand & clean water into the ground? I don't understand why the chemicals are used.
btex49
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:51:28 AM

Okay
wshutton
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:48:17 AM

The new wells aren't the problem. Old unsealed wells into the same geoformation let the pollutants out when fracking applies pressure to that geoformation.
obimerrill
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:43:28 AM

The EPA is always good at finding things for the public to focus on...pushing their agenda, particularly since Obama came to town.
PetroScopper
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:43:21 AM

I think that the only people who says get rid of EPA and are serious about that falls into either one of two categories, either they are just uneducated and know absolutely nothing about this country past and how and why we came to find it necessary to have such an agency as the EPA, or they know about our history and simply are just plain stupid.
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:40:26 AM

ABOLISH THE EPA!! and quit spending hard earned American taxpayer dollars on more of these ridiculous studies. They are just lining thier pockets with our money.
geoutpb
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:39:14 AM

The have been fracturing wells for sixty years so far no one can show one water zone contaminated.
PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:26:26 AM

Oh, for crying out loud. Frack away. How many studies do you guys want? Even if the water did get a little contaminated, you could always buy water at 7-11.
CarefreeVT
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:25:14 AM

consolidate the agencies overseeing all of this and maybe the savings will be passed on to us... Hope they do this in a safe and responsible manor.
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:25:07 AM

They can be as optimistic as they want, as long as reality is that it is being done safely
rawdog1313
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:19:54 AM

As long as they can do it safely, I'm all for it!
kd5kpd
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:19:36 AM

Need to dump the EPA!
Thomtec
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:10:59 AM

I have no faith in the EPA at all.
DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:07:47 AM

Big wheels turn slow.
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:07:30 AM

Oil and water mix. Gas is carbonation for your drink. EPA's science advisor and intelligence.
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:05:51 AM

gumbyrex.... No one listens, because they have nothing beneficial to offer!
danol43
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:04:01 AM

does anything move slower than the federal government?
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:03:28 AM

Time to disband the EPA... cut the budget... one of many cuts that can get rid of useless information and ridiculous regulations. Care to start a petition... lol!

Southrob... try spell check!

[Edited by: Z51Corvette at 11/12/2012 1:04:06 AM EST]
southrob
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:57:41 PM

dhan for better economy
GigHarborHound
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:57:38 PM

TBONE3.....How true!!!
TBONE3
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:53:34 PM

FINAL report written in 2014?? An example of how political/government employees worK and think. SLOWLEEEEEEEEY!
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:52:50 PM

When the EPA talks, no one listens.
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:51:57 PM

I am guessing it cannot be good and where does all the waste water go and how is it processed?
outlaw329
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:51:27 PM

epa needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!
mrbee
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:49:09 PM

The EPA needs to be gone.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:46:27 PM

The EPA will kill all energy production in the US.
BobD2009
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:45:21 PM

The Federal EPA needs to be abolished.
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:45:11 PM

How asbout drilling into the EPA and let the stupid out
chuckwthompson
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:44:08 PM

The EPA needs to go frack themselves.
pa79th
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:42:20 PM

stick to bottled water.
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:38:12 PM

As usual, threr will be disagreement. When the future arrives, these same people will say 'see, I told you so'. What good is that. We should be be do all we can to preserve our planet. The Indians who were here before us, like the old time eskimos, took care of the place they lived on. THey made sure not to take more than needed from Mother Earth.
10k
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:37:30 PM

another result of entitlement peeps being allowed to vote: same old EPA, same old results..
Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:35:57 PM

I wonder what he knows that we don't??
granitestater
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:33:06 PM

Aquifer water is near the surface. While oil structures are much deeper underground. Thousands of feet versus hundreds.
unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:32:57 PM

Seems to take a long time for the report.
Ticoman54
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:30:42 PM

I agree with jetskijerry.
1fulltank
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:28:02 PM

Pick a side. There are articles to be found in support of either one.
Rooster922
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:27:31 PM

Really
Alfied
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:27:25 PM

Bureaucrats at work.
nightworker998
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:25:41 PM

Relax we'll all be dead ofo old age before it's done
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:24:45 PM

spend more money for a do nothing study
bridgerunner
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:23:41 PM

DEG, you are 100% correct.
DEG
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:21:26 PM

The EPA will find a way to drive prices up by over-regulation.
defiancegasman
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:18:49 PM

GET FRACKING!
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:18:19 PM

The industry has self-interest at heart, correct?
Glock26
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:18:14 PM

O.K.
prius22
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:16:49 PM

Ok
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