DeSmogBlog Publishes Censored EPA Pennsylvania Fracking Water Contamination Presentation

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A PowerPoint presentation reportedly reveals a clear link between hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for shale gas in Dimock, Pa., and groundwater contamination, but was censored by the Obama Administration. Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an official desk statement in July 2012 saying the water was safe for consumption.

DeSmogBlog reportedly has obtained a copy of an Obama Administration EPA fracking groundwater contamination PowerPoint presentation describing a then-forthcoming study's findings in Dimock.

The PowerPoint presentation, titled "Isotech-Stable Isotype Analysis: Determinining the Origin of Methane and Its Effets on the Aquifer," concludes that in Cabot Oil and Gas' Dimock Gesford 2 well, "Drilling creates pathways, either temporary or permanent, that allows gas to migrate to the shallow aquifer near [the] surface...In some cases, these gases disrupt groundwater quality."

Other charts in the presentation reportedly describe Cabot's Gesford 3 and 9 wells as doing much of the same, allowing methane to migrate up to aquifers to unprecedented levels - not coincidentally - coinciding with the wells being fracked.

Despite the findings, the official EPA desk statement concluded any groundwater contamination in Dimock was "naturally occurring."

"EPA found hazardous substances, specifically arsenic, barium or manganese, all of which are also naturally occurring substances, in well water at five homes at levels that could present a health concern," read the EPA desk statement, according to DeSmogBlog. "EPA has provided the residents with all of their sampling results and has no further plans to conduct additional drinking water sampling in Dimock."

DeSmogBlog also reports that two EPA whistleblowers recently approached the American Tradition Institute and revealed politics were at-play in the decision to censor the EPA's actual findings in Dimock.

On the American Tradition Institute website is an article dated July 29, 2013, that begins with the following:

“The American Traditional Institute (ATI), joined by the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic (FMELC), filed two requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) after being provided with credible information, by two separate career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indicating electoral considerations and political intervention drove the Obama Administration’s decision to reverse its campaign against the current boom in hydraulic fracturing.”

Sources: DeSmogBlog, American Tradition Institute