No Evidence Hydraulic Fracturing Hurts the Environment Says Report

Catherine Reheis-Boyd
President of the Western States Petroleum Association

The release of the California Council on Science & Technology study of hydraulic fracturing is another important step in the implementation of the state’s comprehensive hydraulic fracturing regulations.

The science-based findings of the CCST report stand in sharp contrast to much of the inflammatory and inaccurate commentary offered by anti-oil organizations about hydraulic fracturing and oil production in California.

While there is much to absorb in the 858-pages of the report, the overarching conclusion is that no science-based evidence was identified that hydraulic fracturing in California has harmed the environment in any significant way.

Other significant findings from today’s CCST report include:

  1. No evidence was found that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing have harmed the environment.
  2. No evidence was found that hydraulic fracturing in California has contaminated groundwater.
  3. Fluids injected into oil formations during hydraulic fracturing operations are not likely to cause earthquakes.
  4. Air pollution associated with hydraulic fracturing is small compared to other sources of pollution.
  5. If hydraulic fracturing expands in California it will most likely be in the existing oil fields of Kern County where the technology has been used for many decades.
  6. The amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing operations is small compared to other human water uses.
  7. Hydraulic fracturing has been used in a small number of cases in offshore production but is not expected to become a significant part of offshore production in the future.

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