EPA Administrator Confirms: No fracking water contamination

posted at 2:30 pm on May 25, 2011 by Tina Korbe

At a U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing yesterday, President Barack Obama’s EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, admitted the environmental risk of hydraulic fracturing is practically nonexistent.

“I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing,” she said.

Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commended Jackson’s honesty.

“I have great respect for Lisa Jackson and I always appreciate her honesty,” he said in a statement. “Although we disagree on most issues, when you ask her a question she gives you an honest answer. Over the past two years, I have asked various Obama Administration officials if they know of a single confirmed case of groundwater contamination from these fracked formations and every time the answer is no. Lisa Jackson’s statement today that she does not know of any proven case of water contamination further demonstrates that States are regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively and efficiently, and there is no need for the federal government to step in.”


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No fracking way?

carbon_footprint on May 25, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Frelling?

Sorry, wrong sci-fi program…

Skywise on May 25, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Well this isn’t gonna stop bho and team from making it almost impossible to get permits for drilling! Gas prices are probably not near as high as bho wants them! Gads, I detest bho!
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letget on May 25, 2011 at 2:35 PM

“I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing, fabrications in the works” she said.

What she meant to say.

Oh, and BTW, common usage in the Barnett Shale area is “Fracing.” Maybe not correct, but common. It is a made-up word, short for hydraulic fracture stimulation, so I suppose preferred spelling is what ever you like.

iurockhead on May 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM

and there is no need for the federal government to step in.”

but they will…this is dear leader we are talking about….

cmsinaz on May 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Lisa Jackson better be careful, she’ll be on the unemployment line soon with talk like that!/

sicoit on May 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM

There are less fracking hazards in typing the word than saying it out loud.

backwoods conservative on May 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM

What the frack, man…

mojo on May 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM

“I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing, fabrications in the works” she said.
What she meant to say.

Oh, and BTW, common usage in the Barnett Shale area is “Fracing.” Maybe not correct, but common. It is a made-up word, short for hydraulic fracture stimulation, so I suppose preferred spelling is what ever you like.

iurockhead on May 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM

In other words, she should have just cut straight to the chase and said “I dunno!”

pilamaye on May 25, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Though it is funny to hear Rush say ‘Fracking’ on the radio.

I use frak when I get upset. Best of all it’s contagious

The_Livewire on May 25, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Facts don’t matter to Leftists who want to control your life. Inconvenient truths just get ignored.

rbj on May 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Let’s ban it anyway!

/Libtard talking point.

Lance Murdock on May 25, 2011 at 2:42 PM

“Who jerked off in my frakking coffee!” – Sol Tigh or John McCain?

teke184 on May 25, 2011 at 2:42 PM

“I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing,”

That won’t stop them. The Gorean Warmists have planted endangered plant species on land under development, and then come back a few days later to ‘discover’ the rare plant, and try to use that in court to shut down projects. All it would take in one of these natural gas developments is a hazardous waste dump in the middle of the night by the Warmists only to be ‘discovered’ in the water the next day.

Perhaps the secretive nature of the compounds used is all that keeps them from being successful doing this.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM

So we have one more abuse of power. Why did this happen? While I believe this is a PA state dept rather than Federal, I detect the fell hand of the D.C. EPA.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last week levied the largest fine in state history against an oil or gas company — more than $1 million in penalties against Chesapeake Energy, the second largest natural gas producer in the country, partly because the Department claims Chesapeake contaminated water supplies in Bradford County, Pa., and partly because of an explosion at a Chesapeake well site in Washington County, Pa., in February.

(Tina, on connected stories like this, please link back to compare and contrast–especially with rampant hypocrisy and lying! I knew you’d covered this PA story, and I had to search back to see what it said. Thanks.)

INC on May 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM

A waste of money – kill the EPA

Kini on May 25, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Good news- especially in North Dakota/Montana , which is raking in millions from the Bakken Formation oil drilling.
Lots of good publicly traded companies just killing it up there.
Always figured that Barry had to allow some drilling somewhere- this greenlights it for years.

jjshaka on May 25, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Just imagine where we would be today if stimulus funds had been used to:

1. Make CNG available at 10% of all gas stations.
2. Require automakers to make all cars Dual Fuel Ready (meaning that CNG fuel systems are just a bolt on option).

When gas starts going up, we just switch to CNG.

It only costs $300 in Peru to convert a car to Gas and CNG.
It costs thousands here for no good reason.

We the American People should demand more options.

The Rock on May 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Back when I was a geologist working for an oil company we called it and spelled it “frack” as in call Halliburton we need them to do a frack job etc.

So that’s my two fracking cents worth.

skatz51 on May 25, 2011 at 2:49 PM

FRICKING“, as in “How much longer are we going to put up with this FRICKING nanny government BULL$H*T interference in our lives?!?!?!

tree hugging sister on May 25, 2011 at 2:50 PM

So, not a single proven case of fracturing fluid ever contaminating a water supply. Do you think this will cause Jackson to stop interfering, or instead to desperately search for just one incident that could be tangentially linked, in order to try and shut down one of the few bright spots in the economy? I have a pretty good idea.

Vashta.Nerada on May 25, 2011 at 2:52 PM

The Rock on May 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Great post. Not to mention our country has a vast supply of natural gas.

carbon_footprint on May 25, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Halliburton brochures from the early 1980′s called it “Fraccing” I used their equipment on several occasions for ship cargo hold cleaning and kept getting their brochures.

Big trucks with large pumps pushing lots of water at high pressure can knock off any rust or corrosion.

Kermit on May 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Perhaps the secretive nature of the compounds used is all that keeps them from being successful doing this.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Industrial secrets are for more than just competitors.

Vashta.Nerada on May 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

But, but, BUT!!!… There are all those blog posters who know people, or have friends who know people, or know of people who know people, who can’t drink their water in central PA because of contamination due to fracking. SOMETHING put that methane in their water.

/s

Wait a minute. Could it possibly be some natural phenomenon? Something natural, like all that iron in my well water. (Darn those local iron formations and that glacial outwash.) Something in PA like those darn methane-bearing coal beds, and old coal mines, and surface oil seeps, and natural gas migrations, and…

Yoop on May 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Frack the earth.

the_nile on May 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I have great respect for Lisa Jackson and I always appreciate her honesty

What the Frack??????

search4truth on May 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Fracking?

What is this…..a post for Battleship Galactica fans?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frak_%28expletive%29

Ha!

Opposite Day on May 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

This is great news for us in upstate New York who are waiting for moratorium to be lifted and the Marcellus shale to be tapped, so to speak. For what it’s worth, this statement comes on the heels of a report released by the UK Parliament Energy and Climate Committee that found that hydrofracking for natural gas is essentially safe!

This will definitely leave a mark on progressive environmentalists who see no source of energy acceptable if is is scalable and in abundant supply.

jdcroft2001 on May 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Lisa Jackson’s statement today that she does not know of any proven case of water contamination further demonstrates that States are regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively and efficiently, and there is no need for the federal government to step in.”

But the feds will step in anyway to regulate fracking into non-existence in the name of global warming.

mizflame98 on May 25, 2011 at 3:02 PM

is Lisa now the mother of frackers?

profitsbeard on May 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Back when I was a geologist working for an oil company we called it and spelled it “frack” as in call Halliburton we need them to do a frack job etc.

So that’s my two fracking cents worth.

skatz51 on May 25, 2011 at 2:49 PM

You must be the eviliest evil person ever.

Abby Adams on May 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

good news

unseen on May 25, 2011 at 3:06 PM

End the EPA

wheelgun on May 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

now maybe NC will change their laws so I can drill around here.

unseen on May 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Some interesting background material from last year:

[A] September 2010 report by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reviewed its complaint database and concluded “that no groundwater pollution [PDF] or disruption of underground sources of drinking water have been attributed to hydraulic fracturing of deep gas formations.”

“Since 2006, Cabot Oil and Gas has drilled nearly 60 wells in a nine square mile area around Dimock, using the fracking technique. In January, 2009 several homeowners noticed that water from their wells was now bubbling. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection investigated and concluded that natural gas was in fact migrating from several Cabot gas wells into local groundwater and into homeowners’ wells. But poor well construction was to blame.”

chimney sweep on May 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM

EPA’s goin’ after them frickin’ frackers!

bannedbyhuffpo on May 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM

You must be the eviliest evil person ever.

Abby Adams on May 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Geologists are inherently evil people to begin with. They walk around with T-shirts that say:

Earth First! We’ll Mine The Rest Of The Planets Later

and even:

Geologists Know What Makes The BedRock

Yoop on May 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM

search4truth on May 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I’m thinking this remark was a bit of a warning and letting her know she hasn’t pulled the wool over his eyes about other matters.

INC on May 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Huh…another Obama Administration half-white affirmative-action nitwit, advertised as “black”.

Why do liberal Democrats hate actual black people, such that all liberal government officials have to be half white, and black Republicans are called “Uncle Tom” and “race traitor”?

Couldn’t help but notice.

Jaibones on May 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Yoop on May 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM

What about a shirt w/ a picture of Earth w/the caption:

“Mine! All Mine!”

INC on May 25, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Lisa Jackson: ‘I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water’…

I wish the EPA would quit frackin with our lives and making the entire nation poorer and more miserable.

So what is Lisa’s problem? Does she need to have the flying green unicorns approve every human activity? Or is ‘any kind of human activity’ a problem for Lisa Jackson???

landlines on May 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Well, frack me! Who would have expected honesty from any in the 0bama Regime? /sarc

DannoJyd on May 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM

and there is no need for the federal government to step in.”

That has never stopped them before.

darwin-t on May 25, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Don’t you ever wonder how according to the US Government, the country with the largest fossil fuel reserves, is worried about energy independence?

One word “libturds”

tarpon on May 25, 2011 at 3:26 PM

INC on May 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM

My understanding of that issue is the company did, in fact, act poorly. I think they dumped (or let run off) a bunch of dirty water and fracking fluid directly into a creek.

strictnein on May 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM

If there’s a problem, it’s with the well casing not being sealed properly as it passes through the aquifer level(s), not with the fracing process itself, or you would have heard about problems during the first 60 years fracing was in use in the drilling industry.

If the casing allows chemicals to leach into the aquifer before they reach the target area for shale fracturing, then you have a problem that requires regulatory oversight of the individual drilling companies. But what the environmentalist left wants is a total ban on the process, even though in some areas, the chemicals are targeted at formations two miles or more below the aquifer levels.

jon1979 on May 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

But she’s still gonna do whatever she has to, to make sure gas prices stay high, and everyone packs into Leafs like sardines.

capejasmine on May 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I’ve often seen drillers spell it as “frac’ing”.

juliesa on May 25, 2011 at 3:50 PM

There are (at least) two silly witch hunts going on now in lefty land: this fracking nonsense, and the Koch brothers boogieman. Hopefully this will help quell the first one.

juliesa on May 25, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Come on folks, the enviro liars need a Erin Brokovich every ten years or so to make up claims, rally a group against the $$$$, with zero evidence.

Amazing how every time the issue of energy is brought up – 1 party sues; the other takes it in the gut…

Odie1941 on May 25, 2011 at 3:54 PM

What every Lib is terrified of is the unbelievable amount of natural gas in the shale of NY,Ohio,and Pa.This gas and its recovery will recreate the economies of Western NY and Pa and Eastern Oh. Private jobs will lessen the power of the entitlement state. Natural gas and its clean burn tech can spell doom for the Dems green dream. It will also end the dominant influence of OPEC and despots like Chavez and Dinnerjacket.

xkaydet65 on May 25, 2011 at 4:11 PM

This is a huge issue here in western PA. Local MSM types have been reporting all the supposed enviro problems with fracking. PITT professors and environmentalists alike are quoted saying that this will add radiation to the water and other nasty problems. None have been proven true.

Somehow I do not think this will be reported by the likes of KDKA tv the local Obama Admin Cheerleaders.

Burgher on May 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM

there is no need for the federal government to step in.

Since when did that stop them?

hawksruleva on May 25, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Nat gas is our most promising energy source. We have it in plentiful quantities, it is clean and easy to distribute. We have vehicles available today that can run on it. It is well suited to electricity generation as well. We are suicidally stupid and unworthy of surviving as a nation if we don’t capitalize on this resource in a major way and soon.

MJBrutus on May 25, 2011 at 5:22 PM

capejasmine on May 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

The stupidest part of the eco-condriac lust for battery cars is that batteries themselves are dirty to make and the raw materials are only available from turd world dictators (many of whom are being bought up by the Chicoms these days).

MJBrutus on May 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM

“I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing,” she said.

….but I’m 100% confident that over the next several months, we’ll uncover hundreds if not thousands of cases.

BobMbx on May 25, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Yoop on May 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Well, no wonder you are in such high demand around here, son………

HotAir gals always want their BedRocked!?1!?1!?1…..

….or so I’ve heard…..no personal experience to speak of here.

Subsunk

Subsunk on May 25, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Fracking is spelled however Noah Webster says fraccing is spelled. :-)

Slowburn on May 25, 2011 at 6:31 PM

INC on May 25, 2011 at 3:19 PM

…and you are contributing to the delinquency of a miner, aren’t you?????

..just a figure of speech.

Subsunk

Subsunk on May 25, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Going against the popular myth can be hazardous to your career

Kuffar on May 25, 2011 at 6:43 PM

There are (at least) two silly witch hunts going on now in lefty land: this fracking nonsense, and the Koch brothers boogieman. Hopefully this will help quell the first one.

juliesa on May 25, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Actually, the Left has tied the Koch Brothers to fracking too.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2011 at 6:47 PM

This is a huge issue here in western PA. Local MSM types have been reporting all the supposed enviro problems with fracking. PITT professors and environmentalists alike are quoted saying that this will add radiation to the water and other nasty problems. None have been proven true.

Somehow I do not think this will be reported by the likes of KDKA tv the local Obama Admin Cheerleaders.

Burgher on May 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Isnt it amazing how under the cloak of “academia” every moron comes out of the woodwork and flat out lies.

I think a hefty fine for false research and false statements to University’s would quell the enviro lying.

Colorado State’s dolt – Bill Gray – continues to claim there will be “9-12″ Cat 3+ storms in the Gulf.. being, you know, the storm of the century (Katrina) is called that for a reason, yet he has been flat out wrong since 2006 forecasting.

Estimates are roughly $3-$6B in tourism lost alone for Florida.

Hit U’s where it hurts – $$$ – you will see 95% of enviro scams disappear.

Odie1941 on May 25, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Anyone swimming in PA waters would probably get more radiation exposure from the sun than from the increased barium.

blink on May 25, 2011 at 9:07 PM

The increased barium content is a radiation risk? Is it absorbing radiation from some source? Is that their claim?

Yoop on May 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM

blink on May 26, 2011 at 1:55 AM

I agree. Makes for an interesting geochem puzzle.

Yoop on May 26, 2011 at 3:53 AM

The supposed Fracking pollution is just a bunch of felgercarb

ChuckTX on May 26, 2011 at 7:33 AM

The spelling. lol. You’re funny Tina.

hawkdriver on May 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM