An ongoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study on natural gas drilling and its potential for groundwater contamination has gotten tentative praise so far from both industry and environmental groups.
But a 275-page progress report in December shows that the EPA doesn’t plan to address one contentious issue — how often drinking water contamination might occur.
Both the industry and environmental groups agree contamination can occur but they disagree on how often, and many were hoping the EPA would weigh in on this.
The American Petroleum Institute, an industry lobby, says the study is “a first step” toward collaboration and stakeholder involvement.
Environmental group Earthworks welcomes the EPA study but has some concerns.