Another EPA Advisor Admits No Link Between Hydraulic Fracturing & Groundwater Contamination

Sen. Jim Inhofe today at an EPW nomination hearing questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Senior Advisor Kenneth Kopocis, who has been nominated to be Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, on the issue of hydraulic fracturing. Kopocis admitted on the record that he has no knowledge of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater.

Sen. Inhofe: “Are you aware of any documented cases of groundwater contamination being definitely caused by hydraulic fracturing?” 

Mr. Kenneth Kopocis: “No I am not.”

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The EPA has tried unsuccessfully three different times in the last four years to link hydraulic fracturing to local groundwater contamination, most recently ending its politicized investigation into a project near Pavillion, Wyoming. Despite repeated and biased attempts, EPA officials continue to admit - there is not a single case linking the two. In May 2011, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that she was “not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water…”  

Inhofe has been a watchdog for the past several years of the Obama Administration and EPA's attempt to implement federal regulation on hydraulic fracturing. On June 26, Inhofe introduced the Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act of 2013 (S.1234) with 18 original cosponsors. The legislation would clarify that states have the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on all land within the boundaries of the state. Companies with hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands would still be required to comply with the applicable state laws and regulations affecting the process. 

Inhofe's opening statement for the hearing can be viewed here: []

Inhofe's full time of questioning the nominees can also be viewed here: []