EPA says new fracking data consistent with earlier work

Oct 12, 2012 The Associated Press

CASPER -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released new data from west-central Wyoming, where the agency theorizes a link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination.

The EPA says its new data is consistent with past samples it took from the Pavillion area.

Meanwhile, the EPA on Wednesday extended by three months the period in which the public may submit comments on the data collected so far. Public comment will now be taken until Jan. 15.

The EPA theorized last year that fracking may be responsible for certain chemicals and high pH in Pavillion-area groundwater. Fracking involves blasting pressurized water, chemicals and sand into wells to improve the flow of oil and gas.

State officials and others disputed the finding and participated in additional sampling this year.

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