Fracking May Have Polluted Wyoming Aquifer, EPA Investigation Finds

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The EPA has confirmed that the aquifer in Pavillion, Wyoming has been contaminated with chemicals from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The investigation ruled out that other sources than fracking as the likely source of the pollution, Smart Planet reports. EPA stopped short of saying the fracking operations of Encana were to blame.

The 165 residents of the town have been told not to cook or drink their water, in addition to ventilating their homes. Encana is paying to supply residents with potable water.

As for what was found in the wells, EPA said at a town meeting the following were among the substances found: Themogenic methane, Diesel and Gasoline Range Organics, petroleum-related compounds, 2-butoxyethanol sulfate, phenols, naphthalene.

Read more: Environmental Protection Agency

Tags: Fracking | Natural Gas | Pollution | Water Conservation