From ‘Truth in Progress
It was great to get input from America, and given that there were over 1,000 earthquakes in his home State of Oklahoma in 2010, Kevin Aaronsen has good reason to be concerned. So what is the US Government doing?
Nothing much according to Kevin:
“Here’s the thing, you guys talk about your Government. Well, with thousands of wells approved in our State, and drilling going on all over, our relevant Government Agency announces it would:
“start researching its ability to manage potential threats to water resources from fracking.”
No wonder Kevin was shocked and wrote in his letter that:
“This agency sounds more ‘mental’ than ‘environmental’.”
Imagine a debate about the EPA’s and States’ ability to manage potential threats to water resources from hydraulic fracturing, being carried on well into a boom in hydraulic fracturing. The mind boggles.”
We were surprised to hear this and discovered that the Office of Inspector General of the US Environmental Protection Agency had in fact recently announced that it would research whether it can help the water?
What about Sen. James M. Inhofe, the politician who is saying they should not even review whether they might be able to help?
They already excluded ‘fracking’ from the water protection legislation and now, they want to ignore earthquake swarms.
Fact really is stranger than fiction, but at least they are pushing on with the review, after all, something like 40,000 wells have already been drilled.
From the U.S. EPA’s Inspector General:
EPA Inspector General Responds to Sen. Inhofe’s Letter about Office of Inspector General’s Review of Hydraulic Fracturing
– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. today responded to Sen. James M. Inhofe’s October 2, 2014, letter asserting that the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) should not proceed with a program evaluation of the EPA’s and states’ ability to manage potential threats to water resources from hydraulic fracturing.
In his letter, Inspector General Elkins said, “In choosing from among many potential projects, including with regard to hydraulic fracturing, I consider the opinions of Congress, the agency and various stakeholders about matters they think the EPA OIG should or should not review. In the end, I have to make a judgment call on whether a matter is within the purview of this office and if there is value in the work we would be doing to pursue it. Here, after considering all outside viewpoints presented to me, and the results of preliminary staff work, I have concluded that we will proceed with the review.”
The OIG is an independent office within the EPA that performs audits, program evaluations and investigations of the EPA and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and their contractors, and prevents and detects fraud, waste and abuse. By helping the EPA and CSB operate more economically, effectively and efficiently, the OIG contributes to problems that ultimately result in making America a cleaner and healthier place.