Update EPA Well Testing Pavillion, Wyoming

An update is posted at the Drinking Water Advisor about the EPA’s interpretation of the results from the EPA well testing in Pavillion, WY.  Pavillion is located in the Wind River Basin of western Wyoming where drilling for natural gas and oil has increased substantially in the last decade.

EPA’s Lisa Jackson has stated the test results are concerning since 2-Butoxyethanol was found in some of the samples and is a known component of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) processes.

The video posted is dated December 8, 2011 and records  Jim Inhofe, US Senator (OK)  refuting the EPA’s findings and accusing the EPA of biased research, and “cutting corners.”

The original video is posted on Inhofe’s Press Office YouTube channel.

For more info on the recent debates surrounding hydraulic fracturing,  this article at the Colorado Independent gives some background.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Dennis Murrell says:

    Hi Guys

    I’ve found the press releases from the Governor interesting.

    The initial reports focused on inserting doubt about the EPA study’s assessment and its completeness. And they assuring the oil industry that Wyoming was still a very friendly place to do business. About what I expected.

    But then, reports from Pavilion residents came out.They told of the Wyoming governments inaction and praised the EPA.

    It appears later reports from the Governor’s office had a much more balanced view that included concern for the safety of the Pavillion residents, albeit after the concern for the oil companies and the state’s revenues!

  2. wyominglife says:

    Hi Dennis,

    A point that frustrates me is the game being played about whether fracking itself can cause ground water contamination- as if the possible repercussions of an action such as fracking (or any other) are somehow unrelated to the action. This article in Scientific American says it better.


    The argument goes that fracking isn’t the problem, but possible scenarios like underground fissures becoming connected after fracturing, or well cases deteriorating long after the original fracturing might cause some contamination.

    I find that silly and insulting.

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