Fracking May Have Contaminated Wyo. Water, EPA Says

Law360, New York (December 8, 2011, 6:38 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report Thursday finding that groundwater near an Encana Corp. gas field in Wyoming contains chemicals linked with hydraulic fracturing.

The EPA said it detected synthetic chemicals such as glycols and alcohols in samples from two deep monitoring wells the agency built in a Pavillion, Wyo., aquifer. The chemicals are used in gas production and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, fluids, according to the agency.

Officials started examining the groundwater in the Pavillion area in 2008, after residents complained that...
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