American Petroleum Institute criticizes EPA report on hydraulic fracturing

The American Petroleum Institute (API) recently criticized the Environmental Protection Agency for revisions to findings in its Assessment Report on hydraulic fracturing, which the institute said contradicts scientific consensus.

“It is beyond absurd for the administration to reverse course on its way out the door,” API Upstream Director Erik Milito said. “The agency has walked away from nearly 1,000 sources of information from published papers, technical reports and peer reviewed scientific reports demonstrating that industry practices, industry trends and regulatory programs protect water resources at every step of the hydraulic fracturing process. Decisions like this amplify the public’s frustrations with Washington.”

API highlighted the role hydraulic fracturing plays in the U.S. economy, including supporting millions of jobs and leading to lower energy prices, as well as it’s role in promoting the country’s energy security and geopolitical position.

“The science and data clearly demonstrate that hydraulic fracturing does not lead to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources,” Milito said. “Unfortunately, consumers have witnessed five years and millions of dollars expended only to see conclusion based in science changed to a conclusion based in political ambiguity. We look forward to working with the new administration in order to instill fact-based science back into the public policy process.”

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