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Krancer: Idea Fracking Polluting Groundwater Is “Bogus”

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

DEP Secretary Michael Krancer and Energy Executive Patrick Henderson compare notes during a July Commission meeting

More on Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer’s Washington testimony, from the Post-Gazette:

“The myth that terrible chemicals are getting into the groundwater is completely myth. It is bogus,” Mr. Krancer told the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. He said sand and water comprise 99.5 percent of mixtures blasted into wells to free gas from the Marcellus Shale.

Some congressmen, though, are concerned about what’s in the other half percent. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., suggested it’s a “largely unknown cocktail of chemicals and pollutants” that the federal government has a role in regulating.

The hearing came three weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to develop new rules for the disposal of fracking wastewater.

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