Ray Kemble's Testimony Before EPA's Science Review Board, Washington DC





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Published on Nov 9, 2015


Rresidents from communities across the country with fracking contaminated drinking water joined with advocates at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board public meetings to demand that EPA stop ignoring its own evidence of fracking water pollution, and correct the faulty declaration that the agency did “not find evidence that [fracking has] led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources”.

Residents from three communities affected by fracking –
Dimock, PA, Pavillion, WY and Parker County, TX – spoke out about their landmark EPA investigations being excluded from the agency’s long-term study of hydraulic fracking on drinking water resources. Advocates highlighted the limited industry controlled data in the study and the many instances of water contamination found within the study.

In these residents’ communities, the EPA launched investigations into drinking water contamination and drilling and fracking, but then abandoned the investigations for various reasons, despite preliminary findings that drilling and fracking contaminated water. For years, residents of the communities and advocates have called on the EPA to reopen theses key investigations.

“In 2007, my water was tested by Cabot Oil & Gas and was found to be clean and safe to drink before Pennsylvania allowed fracking to come to Dimock,” said Ray Kemble affected landowner, former gas industry worker. “In 2008, gas drilling caused my water to become poisoned. The Pennsylvania DEP and the. EPA confirmed this contamination, but abandoned us in 2012 and did not even include us in their long-term study. I am here today to demand that EPA recognize us, include our case in this study, and reopen the investigation.”

“We petitioned EPA to investigate Pavillion after the state of Wyoming refused, and just as EPA was finalizing its findings that fracking had polluted our water, Wyoming asked to take over the investigation,” said John Fenton, Rancher and affected landowner
in Pavillion, Wyoming. “EPA allowed it, and the investigation stalled. When EPA launched its national study of fracking’s drinking water impacts, we thought they’d look first here in Pavillion where they’d already found pollution. But instead they ignored us without explanation. Science means taking the facts as they are. But EPA seems to be intent on finding the facts to support the conclusion they’ve already reached, ‘fracking is safe’.”

"EPA knows my drinking water is polluted by fracking, said
Steve Lipsky, affected landowner in Weatherford, Texas.
“That’s why they ordered Range Resources to supply me with clean water. Yet EPA omitted my case from their national drinking water study. Is that science? Instead, EPA returned jurisdiction over my case back to Texas regulators who quickly declared my water ‘safe’. I’m taking Texas at their word and starting to use my drinking water well again, even though EPA knows it’s dangerous. Will EPA allow my house to explode? Whose side is EPA on?"


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