EPA abandons plan to confirm fracking caused groundwater pollution in Wyo.

EPA Environmental Protection Agency Wyoming groundwater pollution hydraulic fracturing fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not have independent scientists review its finding that hydraulic fracturing may have caused groundwater pollution in central Wyoming, according to a draft news release obtained by the Associated Press.

The agency first publicly linked fracking and groundwater contamination in late 2011, stating the process commonly used to obtain natural gas may have played a role in pollution in the Pavillon area, the Associated Press reported. The agency will not finalize its report on the issue, however, but intents to allow state officials investigate.

An EPA spokesman confirmed the information contained in the draft press release to the Associated Press.

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