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EPA Weighs in on Fracking Impact on Water

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The Environmental Protection Agency is weighing in on what impact fracking has on drinking water.

According to a draft assessment by the agency the while fracking procedures have been carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water.

These vulnerabilities include: water withdrawals in areas with low water availability, inadequately cased or cemented wells resulting in below ground migration of gases and liquids, and inadequately treated wastewater discharged into drinking water resources. The study will be finalized after review by the Science Advisory Board and public review and comment.