Skip Navigation

Seth Whitehead: Study on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Water Resources

January 10, 2017

Did the EPA suddenly change course on it's fracking study?

In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Seth Whitehead of Energy In Depth joins research fellow Isaac Orr to discuss the final version of EPA's six-year, $29 million dollar study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water resources.

The biggest change between the final report and the draft report was EPA's removal of the its top-line finding: hydraulic fracturing has not has widespread, systemic impacts on groundwater resources, even though multiple studies have found fracking is safe. Whitehead and Orr discuss why the EPA's about-face was not due to data, but more likely due to political pressure.

Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues.