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EPA study links fracking to water pollution
The report out of Wyoming is stirring debate about the natural gas drilling practice in Ohio
by WKSU's ALISON RITCHIE


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The U.S. EPA released a report Thursday that links a type of natural gas drilling to groundwater pollution in Wyoming. The process called fracking has spread across eastern Ohio and stirred environmental debate.

Republican State Representative David Hall of Millersburg says comparing Ohio’s fracking regulations to Wyoming’s is like comparing apples and oranges.

Hall says Ohio has the best standards

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But Democratic State Representative Nickie Antonio of Lakewood says the state should not put potential jobs above public safety.

 

Antonio says safety should be the priority
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The Wyoming study found unsafe levels of benzene – a carcinogen – in the drinking water. But the EPA made it clear that the drilling was close to the wells. Defenders of fracking in Ohio say the drilling is miles below ground water levels.

Antonio has introduced a bill in the Ohio House that would require water testing before and after fracking. It would also require that companies list the chemicals they use in the process. But Hall argues that the chemicals are similar to household cleaning products and are used only in small amounts.


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