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EPA Says New Study Does Not Show Fracking is Safe

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Despite statements from industry officials and political leaders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say their new study of the nation’s natural gas boom should not be described as proof the nation’s water supplies are safe from hydraulic fracturing.

The Charleston Gazette reports the EPA’s science adviser and deputy administrator Thomas A. Burke says the message of the report is that vulnerabilities in the water have been identified and they are important to know about and address to keep risks as low as possible.

Burke made his comments in an interview on Friday, one day after the agency released its draft report.