Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


December 9, 2011
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise caution in publicly interpreting the results of their draft report on groundwater contamination near Pavillion, Wyoming. The report simply showed that some compounds typically associated with natural gas wells were present in a few domestic water wells. The study did not, in any way, link hydraulic fracturing to water well contamination.    

"I'm concerned that the EPA had a predetermined outcome in mind when they evaluated the results of their study. Unfortunately, their method was too narrowly focused to reach the conclusion they were hoping for - that impact to groundwater can be explained by hydraulic fracturing. EPA itself states that “further investigation would be needed to determine the processes influencing migration of gas to domestic wells.” 

"The presence of methane gas in ground water is not unusual.  In Texas, this phenomenon is well documented. I'm afraid that the EPA is jumping to premature conclusions, just as they did when they falsely accused Range Resources of contaminating a well in North Texas. The EPA MUST address the weaknesses in their methodology before they finalize this study.  EPA has a duty to the citizens of this country to conduct studies that produce solid, verifiable results. They should not spin a story that their own data doesn't support."


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