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EPA Ends Probe of Wyoming Water Pollution linked to Fracking
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  2. 2. DISCUSSED SPONSORED LINKS ENVIRONMENT Tweet this Link this Share this Digg this Email Reprints Perciasepe said in a statement. Wyoming plans to release a final report on the Pavillion matter by September 30, 2014. The U.S. shale gas boom, spurred by innovations in hydraulic fracturing, has unlocked massive gas reserves, but it has sparked protests from green groups who complain that the rapidly expanding gas production pollutes air and water. EPA's draft report raised industry fears that the administration could be moving toward seeking tighter federal regulations of fracking, which supporters say has been done safely for decades. Fracking involves the injections of millions of gallons of water underground at high pressure along with chemicals and sand to extract fuel. Fracking is mostly exempt from federal regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Natural gas supporters were triumphant after the EPA's decision. "The EPA has been on a witch hunt to shut down hydraulic fracturing, but yet again the evidence has determined it is safe," Senator David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, said in a statement. Despite the criticism, EPA said it stands by its work and its data in the Pavillion case. The agency is currently conducting a separate nationwide study examining the effects of fracking on drinking water. That draft report is due out in late 2014. (Editing by Eric Walsh) Recommend 97 people recommend this. Sign Up to see what your friends recommend. Comments (0) This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication. Back to top Reuters.com Business Markets World Politics Technology Opinion Money Pictures Videos Site Index Legal Bankruptcy Law California Legal New York Legal Securities Law Support & Contact Support Corrections Connect with Reuters Tw itter Facebook LinkedIn RSS Podcast New sletters Mobile About Privacy Policy Terms of Use Advertise With Us AdChoices Copyright Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance Our next generation legal research platform Our global tax w orkstation Thomsonreuters.com About Thomson Reuters Investor Relations Careers 9:48am EDT Scornful Syria hails 'historic American retreat' as Obama hesitates | 5:14pm EDT Twitter's top legal executive steps down in surprise move 30 Aug 2013 Britain says no to Syria intervention as U.S. considers actions 168 IRS issues final rules on Obamacare’s ‘individual mandate’ 151 U.S. fast-food workers plan nationwide strikes over minimum wage 145 EDITION: U.S.
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