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Tapped out: science shuts down an anti-fracking myth about drinking water

**As published on FoxNews.com: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/11/15/tapped-out-science-shuts-down-anti-fracking-myth-about-drinking-water.html

Two days after Donald Trump’s election victory, environmental regulators in Wyoming debunked one of the biggest claims of anti-oil and gas activists: That hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking – contaminated drinking water in Pavillion, Wyoming, a small town of roughly 240 people. 

‘Covert Propaganda’ in Federal Rulemaking

Has government use of social media turned into covert propaganda? In light of an investigation by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the answer is yes.

Barack Obama came into office as the “social media president” after effectively using online communications during his campaign. So it’s understandable the president pushed the use of social media within federal agencies, and it makes sense given the increasing reliance by the public.

Screaming Fees

The costs to taxpayers of recent Keep-It-in-the-Ground protests in Colorado are beginning to surface. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spent $2,500 on overtime pay for the Lakewood Police Department, which provided security as 300 protesters attempted to shut down the Colorado May lease sale.

Colorado Protests Fail to Achieve Goals

The Keep-It-in-the-Ground’s global Break Free 2016 campaign came to Colorado last week and was disruptive. Two protests around Denver coincided with other demonstrations in California, New York, Washington, Europe, South America and Australia. Colorado was a focus because western oil and natural gas production has not only made America competitive in global markets, but elevated our profile among anti-fossil fuel opponents.

BLM’s Fuzzy Math, Part 1

BLM’s proposed venting and flaring rule is the administration’s latest regulation targeting oil and natural gas production. BLM’s proposal suffers from wide-ranging problems including jurisdictional overreach into air quality, technologically infeasible requirements, and implementation costs that far exceed the rule’s benefits. Our comments on BLM’s proposal were 90 pages and spoke to the myriad problems, but I want to hone in on a few key numbers that demonstrate the flaws in BLM’s assumptions about the proposed rule’s impact.

Social Cost of Methane: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Computer models are powerful tools, but as the old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out” and models of the Social Cost of Methane (SCM) are no exceptions. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new methane rules rely heavily on the SCM to show a benefit. Now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is following suit in its venting and flaring rule, with supposed benefits between $115 million and $188 million that are largely based on the SCM.

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