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Vitter: USGS Says Hydraulic Fracturing is Safe in Fayetteville

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) made the following statement regarding news from the completed U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study that examined the water quality of 127 shallow domestic wells in the Fayetteville Shale natural gas production area of Arkansas and found no groundwater contamination associated with gas production.

"The President and his administration have been trying to cripple hydraulic fracturing for years, even though domestic energy production has been one of the only bright spots in our economy, thanks in large part to the utilization of this technology," Vitter said. "It's certainly encouraging to see this positive result from a study using sound and transparent science to draw conclusions instead of ideology. The EPA's mishaps with fabricating evidence in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming caused an unnecessary attack on an effective, efficient and safe method of developing domestic energy. Studies like these from the USGS help set the record straight."

Recently Vitter sent a letter to President Obama highlighting how the United Kingdom is moving toward hydraulic fracturing because it works.


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