The Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark groundwater study confirms that Colorado’s strong regulations keep our drinking water safe throughout the entire fracking process.
After four years of conducting tests in the field, the EPA reports that fracking has “no evidence of widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.” The few cases of impacted groundwater were due to imprecise or weak well construction, not inherent problems with the fracking process. In fact, the report went so far as to say these instances—which the EPA noted were small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells—could also be due to factors such as “the presence of other sources of contamination.”
The key takeaway from the EPA report: Groundwater regulations and oversight have made fracking a responsible way to unlock oil and natural gas. Here in Colorado, we have some of the nation’s strongest regulations protecting our groundwater —putting Colorado one step ahead in terms of fracking safety.
Check out the top ways Colorado regulators keep our drinking water safe during fracking: