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I write concerning the letter “Fracking and fiction” by Ezra Levant, Dec. 5.

Ezra Levant correctly took your newspaper to task for its publication of a transparently fake opinion piece on fracking.

However, he unfortunately took the opportunity, while “correcting” the record, to make further false and misleading claims of his own.

In particular, Mr. Levant says that “the EPA, and its state counterparts, have not found a single case (of contamination of groundwater by fracking activity), despite countless investigations,” and quotes former Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson’s comments to the U.S. Congress to that effect.

However, as Mr. Levant knows, subsequent to Ms. Jackson’s appearance, EPA investigators have uncovered a clear case linking groundwater contamination by fracking activity, at Pavillion, Wyo., a case whose preliminary findings were confirmed by the U.S. Geological Service.

If Mr. Levant is so keen to establish the truth about fracking, he should take care to pay more attention to the evidence.

Craig Burley

Hamilton, Ont.

Organizations: Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Congress

Geographic location: Pavillion, U.S.

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  • Craig Burley
    December 10, 2013 - 11:16

    Hi David. Yes, the final findings are not yet released there as they are still subject to a public comment period, and the State of Wyoming has become involved; the EPA is supporting the State's investigation. You asked for a link, here you are: http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/EPA_ReportOnPavillion_Dec-8-2011.pdf. Thanks for your interest!

    • david
      December 10, 2013 - 11:50

      Here's an interesting quote from a letter dated Dec. 3, 2013 archived on this very website: ".....EPA announced on June 20, 2013 that it would be supporting the State of Wyoming in its further investigation of drinking water quality in Pavillion, Wyoming, that it does not plan to finalize or seek peer review of its draft Pavillion groundwater report released in December of 2011, and that the work from Pavillion would not be part of the larger EPA national study looking at the potential relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources...." FYI, my comprehension skills, limited as they are, lead me to understand that this one example (your example) isn't considered a valid data point to include in further study of this issue.

  • david
    December 10, 2013 - 10:19

    Post a link, or direct us to a website. Mr. Levant is in the process of writing a book on this subject.....I tend to think he's 'up to date' with all the facts. BTW, the words "preliminary findings" have meaning in the real world and are chosen for a reason.....unlike eco-zealots, people in authority are careful and accountable for their work and conclusions. This case ---- this single case out of thousands and thousands and thousands of wells --- is apparently not concluded.