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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Conservative good 'ol boys wake up and point at the naked truth

''The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board met this week to review the agency’s draft assessment of the impact of fracking on drinking water resources, but the largely academic exercise got a dose of reality from residents of Dimock, Pennsylvania; Pavillion, Wyoming; and Parker County, Texas who have fought for years to get U.S. EPA to act. Inexplicably, their cases of contamination were excluded in the thousands of pages that make up the EPA’s assessment. Given only five minutes each, the residents demanded that the EPA stop ignoring their cases.

Fracking-affected residents came to Washington, DC this week to confront the U.S. EPA over its failed fracking report. From left to right: Ray Kemble, an affected landowner and former gas industry worker from Dimock, Pennsylvania; Steve Lipsky, an affected homeowner from Weatherford, Texas; and John Fenton, a rancher and affected landowner from Pavillion, Wyoming. Photo credit: Craig Stevens

Ray Kemble, an affected landowner and former gas industry worker, testified, “In 2008, gas drilling caused my water to become poisoned. The Pennsylvania DEP and the EPA confirmed this contamination, but abandoned us in 2012 and did not even include us in their long-term study. I am here today to demand that EPA recognize us, include our case in this study, and reopen the investigation.” John Fenton, a rancher and affected landowner in Pavillion also spoke out. “When EPA launched its national study of fracking’s drinking water impacts, we thought they’d look first here in Pavillion where they’d already found pollution. But instead they ignored us without explanation. Science means taking the facts as they are. But EPA seems to be intent on (only) finding the facts to support the conclusion they’ve already reached—‘fracking is safe.’”  

And that conclusion would be wrong...clearly wrong, demonstrably wrong, and their wrongness is backed up by science and evidence that the EPA chooses to ignore. As in the old fable, saying the emperor's clothes are beautiful* because that is what is expected - as in saying that fracking is safe because industry has paid you off to do so - does not make the emperor clothed. He's still nakednakednaked... . 

Fracking causes harm, pollutes and needs to stop.


*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor's_New_Clothes