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EPA should stand up to drillers, anti-fracking group says

By Bob Downing Published: January 17, 2013

A press release received on Wednesday from Americans Against Fracking: 

EPA Should Live Up to Its Name, Not Kowtow to the Oil and Gas Industry 

Statement by Americans Against Fracking

Washington, D.C.—“It is unconscionable that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is tasked with safeguarding our nation’s vital natural resources, would fold under pressure to the oil and gas industry, as detailed in an article published today by the Associated Press regarding a case in Fort Worth, Texas.

“According to the Associate Press, an independent scientist tasked with testing water samples in Fort Worth concluded that the water could have been contaminated with gas from a nearby Range Resources drilling operation. Yet the EPA abandoned its investigation under pressure from Range Resources.

“It is again abundantly clear that the deep pocketed oil and gas industry will stop at nothing to protect its own interests, even when mounting scientific evidence shows that drilling and fracking pose a direct threat to vital drinking water supplies.

“This case also shows that fracking cannot be safely regulated when the oil and gas industry can use its considerable clout to bend the rules in its own favor. The only true way to protect our communities it to ban this process altogether.

“Americans Against Fracking calls on the EPA to live up to its name and protect Americans, not the financial interests of the oil and gas industry. We call on President Obama to stop pursuing polices that enable fracking and drilling, and instead support the development of a green energy infrastructure so we can light our future with truly renewable resources, not perpetuate our nation’s addiction to dirty fossil fuels.”

Americans Against Fracking is composed of the following groups: http://www.americansagainstfracking.org/members/. For more information about Americans Against Fracking, visit www.AmericansAgainstFracking.org

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