In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, the sun sets behind an oil pump jack and the Rocky Mountains near Fredrick, Colo. Citizen fears about hydraulic fracturing, a drilling procedure used to pry oil and gas from rock deep underground, have made "fracking" the hottest political question in Colorado. In November, citizens in the Denver suburb of Longmont voted overwhelmingly to ban fracking despite heavy opposition from the oil and gas industry and warnings of lawsuits. Now the fracking debate is rocking small local governments _ and leaving the industry wondering how to proceed in a state that has long embraced the oil and gas industry. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

EPA: Fracking’s no big threat to water

The Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited report on fracking dismayed liberal green groups Thursday while pleasing the oil and gas industry — the latest episode in both sides’ fraught relationship with President Barack Obama.

The study, more than four years in the making, said the EPA has found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution from hydraulic fracturing. That conclusion dramatically runs afoul of one of the great green crusades of the past half-decade, which has portrayed the oil- and gas-extraction technique as a creator of fouled drinking water wells and flame-shooting faucets.

  • BillyHW

    And a 40% rise in CO2 has led to a 25% greener earth.

    The environmental movement isn’t interested in the environment. They are interested in destroying capitalism and the west.

  • ontario john

    TAXPAYER ALERT! That great conman Al Gore is flying in to meet conwoman(or whatever she is) Premier Wynne for a conference on global warming. Yes lots of experts using jet fuel to come and look for more ways to bilk the taxpayers. They will have to compete with whiny indians for whatever money is left.