Fractured Science: Western Energy Alliance Calls for Better Oversight of EPA Science

January 31, 2012

(Washington D.C.) – On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, Western Energy Alliance will testify before a U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy & Environment hearing on Fractured Science - Examining EPA's Approach to Ground Water Research: The Pavillion Analysis. Western Energy Alliance will request independent review of scientific studies developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


The hearing was called by Subcommittee Chairman Andy Harris (R-MD) to examine EPA's draft report Investigation of Groundwater Contamination Near Pavillion, Wyoming, which contains deficiencies identified by the State of Wyoming. Rather than addressing potential issues first with the state regulators who have intimate knowledge and technical experience with the Pavillion aquifer, EPA chose to release a non-peer reviewed draft report that raises serious questions of whether politics trumped science.


Across the country, misinformation about hydraulic fracturing has caused local communities and citizens to fear a low-risk process that is safe given the safeguards, procedures, and monitoring implemented by industry. This unfounded fear leads to development roadblocks that could deprive states of tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Furthermore, fears about hydraulic fracturing divert limited federal and state regulatory resources away from activities that truly pose a threat to underground sources of drinking water.


"The public trusts EPA to protect the environment, follow the law, and use sound science as the foundation of its regulatory work. When EPA releases a report, the public expects accurate information. However, in the case of the draft Pavillion Report, EPA's own data don't support the conclusions released publicly," said Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for Western Energy Alliance who will testify at the hearing.


"Hydraulic fracturing is vital to American's energy supply. If we lose the public's confidence and cannot continue to develop oil and natural gas in the United States because of unfounded rumors and invalid science, America will deprive itself of significant job and economic growth, and will continue to import energy from unfriendly nations," said Sgamma.


Click here to view Sgamma's Testimony.


(More: Hearing Details)


Western Energy Alliance will be available for questions after the hearing.


Who: Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, Western Energy
Alliance


What: U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy & Environment hearing on Fractured Science - Examining EPA's Approach to Ground Water Research: The Pavillion Analysis


When: February 1, 2012, 10:00 a.m. EST


Where: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building and online at www.science.house.gov.


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About Western Energy Alliance
Western Energy Alliance, founded in 1974 as the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, is a non-profit trade association representing 400 companies engaged in all aspects of environmentally responsible exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the West. More information on Western Energy Alliance and its members is available at www.westernenergyalliance.org.